On November 26, 2017 at about 4:18 PM the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident on Ridge View Ln. Platteville, WI after a hunter, who was shooting at a deer, shot in the direction of the house there.
A deputy responded to the house and, after the resident had shown the deputy where the hunter was at, the deputy could see a hunter in that same field, field dressing a deer. This field was to the west of the residence.
A second Grant County Deputy went to the area the hunter was and found Kelly Schuler, age 34, at 1342 Lime Kiln Ln. Platteville, WI. When the investigating deputy arrived he asked Schuler if he someone had just been in the field with an ATV after shooting a deer. Schuler said that was him. Schuler admitted that he had been shooting in the general direction of the homes but said that he was shooting in a downward direction and felt that his backdrop was safe.
As the deputies continued to talk to Schuler about the deer, his license, and available tags, it
was determined that Schuler did not have a valid buck tag as he had filled his the first weekend of the gun/deer season.
The investigating deputies eventually talked to a Wisconsin DNR Game Warden about the situation. The deputies confiscated the deer and the rifle that Schuler used to kill the animal. The deer and the rifle were handed over to the DNR Game Warden. Schuler was told that he will be cited for the illegal deer and that the DNR will be handling the investigation from here forward.
Schuler was warned for his actions as well as for two other Grant County Ordinance violations. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office handled the initial investigation into this matter however, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will complete the investigation and take the appropriate enforcement action.