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Two hunters became the hunted in Barron County


Barron County hunters, on the look-out for ducks, instead they find trouble.

The two men were out on the water, in a canoe when they say someone fired shots at them, several times. The man with the gun says he's an animal lover who doesn't like to see things die, especially for the sport of killing.

"For a moment there, I got angry and was hurt, I jumped in the vehicle took a .410 with me, what's that gonna do?" says the shooter, Van Hawkinson.

"He went off on a rant about how we shouldn't be here, we should be in Afghanistan if we're going to shoot something," hunter Levi Johnston says.

"Did you feel targeted? Oh absolutely, if he had a 22 any other lethal weapon he could've killed us," hunter David Reichenberger says.

Authorities arrested and charged the 64-year-old man with dangerous use of a weapon and disorderly conduct. Both charges are misdemeanors and considered minor crimes by the law.

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