When we first wrote about the woodsy scene in Wisconsin’s timber country, we wondered how many people actually went there to shoot, but now we know: it’s a lot.
According to data collected by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, more than 17,000 people have been shot in the state since January 1, with nearly two-thirds of the shooters being males.
In 2015, there were 4,000 incidents of people shooting at people or vehicles, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, but that number fell to just under 1,000 in 2016, according the Wisconsin chapter of the Wildlife Federation.
While Wisconsin doesn’t have an outright ban on firearms, it does have strict gun safety laws, including a requirement that guns be unloaded, locked, and transported in a secured location.
The most recent Wisconsin Law Review article on the issue cites a 2015 study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, in which researchers found that the “most common” type of gun used in Wisconsin shooting incidents was a .40 caliber pistol.
According a 2014 study, Wisconsin has the highest rate of gun homicides in the country, with 2,074 homicides in 2016 and 3,908 in 2015.
As for the actual number of people who shoot in the woods in Wisconsin, it’s not clear.
A 2011 study by the American Journal of Public Health estimated that about one in 10 Wisconsin residents had used a firearm in the past year.
It’s also unclear whether people actually know the difference between a gun and a knife.
The state has no national registry for firearms, and no federal laws specifically address whether or not people can legally carry firearms in public.
In a 2014 state Senate report, the state senator, Joe Szabo, said that the number of Wisconsinites who legally carry concealed firearms “appears to be quite small.”
“As a result, it appears that people in Wisconsin who want to defend themselves in their homes or businesses do not necessarily understand the difference,” he said.