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Weather, safety mark opening weekend
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MONROE - The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has not yet revealed the name of the hunter who accidentally shot himself Saturday near Attica.

Despite more than 620,000 registered hunters taking to the state's fields and forests to kick off the state's gun-deer season, only two shootings were reported to authorities, according to the DNR's Web site Sunday. But, the Rock County Sheriff's department reported Sunday that a 36-year-old Janesville man was found dead in Janesville township. The cause of death was not released.

On Saturday, a male hunter accidentally shot himself near Attica in Green County, according to DNR game warder Nick Webster, but he would not reveal the man's name Sunday night because he didn't know if the family had yet been notified of the incident.

Authorities received a call at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, to a location along County Highway X, for a report the man accidentally shot himself in the upper leg while trailing a deer, Webster said.

The man, who is in his late 30s, was transported by Medflight to UW Hospital in Madison for his injuries, but his condition was not known, Webster said.

The man was part of a hunting party, but had become separated while tracking a deer, he said.

Game wardens from Green and Lafayette counties, the Green County Sheriff's department and Albany police responded to the incident, he said.

The other shooting reported by the DNR occurred in Grant County, when a male hunter was shot in the buttocks by a nearby man who was unloading his gun, according to the DNR's Web site.

On Sunday, Christopher J. Kealy, Janesville, was found dead in Janesville township. His disappearance was reported at about 1 p.m., but because of the heavily wooded area authorities were not able to locate him until 2 p.m., according to a statement from the Rock County Sheriff's department.

Hunters across the state experienced warm weather, in some cases more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, while also dealing with periods of sometimes dense morning fog.

As of opening day, Saturday, Dane County sold the most deer licenses at 29,024; statewide, 592,287 of licensed hunters were from Wisconsin. Almost 9,600 hunters were 10- or 11-year-olds participating in the state's new Hunting Youth Mentorship Program, according to the DNR's Web site. No statistics on the entire opening weekend were available Sunday.