Wisconsin hunter receives DNR Ethical Hunter Award

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BARNEVELD, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources gave an ethics award to a man for his actions while he was not on the hunt.

In October 2018, with the help of social media, Fred Casper convinced a landowner to gift an 8-point buck kill to the hunter who originally shot it near land Casper leases for hunting in Vernon County.

The DNR said the deer jumped fences after being shot.

For his help in mediating between the hunter and the landowner, and for not claiming the buck as his own, the DNR presented Casper with the 2018 Hunter Ethics Award on Thursday, along with gifts from Vortex Optics.

"When I tell a story about a deer hunt, or a turkey hunt, or a fishing trip, I don't want to have to think, okay do I need to forget about the bad things that we did?" Casper said. "Or if I look at a set of antlers on the wall, years from now I want to be able to look at it with a clear conscience and say, 'I did this right.'"

This is the 22nd year the DNR has given out the award. Casper's son, David Casper, nominated him for the award.