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Hunters Debate Internet Hunting

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A controversial form of internet hunting was a hot topic among hunters at Sunday's Wisconsin Deer and Turkey Expo.

Some websites let people shoot at targets or kill animals from their computer. All the hunter has to do is click and it tells a rifle to shoot. The animal or target could be on a game farm a thousand miles away.

It's targeted towards disabled hunters. Many hunters oppose internet hunting, but one man -- who is confined to a wheel–chair -- says, while he doesn't like it because he can still get out in the woods, he understands the appeal for some.

"For somebody that was more incapacitated where they didn't have use of their hands I could see where there would be interest that way," says Jeff Roth of Appleton.

"It would be like a video game. It's not hunting when you shoot something from a desk or your computer," says Don Wargowsky of Janesville.

A bill to ban this form of hunting is working its way through the state legislature.

Nearly 30,000 people attended the 21st annual Wisconsin Deer and Turkey Expo at the Alliant Energy Center this weekend.


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