NRA: Great White Hunter “Attacked” by Wolves In Wisconsin…….Not Likely

This photo from Photobucket says it all about this story.

Oh the NRA you silly thing. Not content being just a mouthpiece for the firearm industry and providing cover for mass shooters the country over, this group now decides that it wants to make a “hero” out of a man that claims to have been “attacked” by wolves in Adams County Wisconsin.

The “Attack”

Matthew Neillessen is apparently like any other “great white hunter” that plagues the Wisconsin landscape. He calls himself an “avid hunter” and uses much of the usual propaganda and even surprisingly claims to “love” wolves. Here is the account from an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

On that late September day, Nellessen claims he was attacked by three wolves.

“It was terrifying,” Nellessen, 34, said by phone on Wednesday. “I had to switch into self-defense mode.”

If confirmed by law enforcement officials, it would be the first wolf attack on a human in the state.

Nellessen was traveling alone when he encountered the wolves. He had parked his truck along a main access road at Colburn Township, a 4,965-acre property in north-central Adams County. The wildlife area is mainly lowland brush and sedge marsh with some higher areas of aspen, pine and oak forest.

An avid deer hunter, Nellessen thought the day was too warm to hunt and decided to scout for a new hunting area on the public property.

He had traveled about 1,200 yards from his truck, generally going north to south. He was wearing blue jeans, a black T-shirt, combat boots and a camouflage cap. He also had a .38-caliber pistol on his hip.

Nellessen said he was following deer trails on a ridge covered with small pines. At about 5 p.m., he turned down a trail and moved east, into the light wind and through a densely-vegetated pocket.

“All of a sudden I was facing wolves,” Nellessen said. “I think I stumbled into their bedroom. They were only 30 feet away and they started coming at me.”

Nellessen, who served in the U.S. Army from 2002-’04 and 2006-’13, said his firearms and self-defense training kicked into gear. He pulled out his pistol.

“I kicked the wolf coming from my right, and when the closest one on the left was about five feet away, I fired and hit it,” Nellessen said.

At the sound of the gunshot, all three wolves moved off. The wounded wolf “hunched up,” Nellessen said, before disappearing from sight.

He retreated in the direction of his truck, with pistol ready, he said. He phoned his wife when he made it about halfway to the road.

“I thought if I was going to get attacked again, at least she’d know where I was and what was happening,” Nellessen said.

I don’t know about you but my BS meter is pinging after reading this account. But it gets better.

“I hope it’s all right,” Nellessen said. “The thing is, I love wolves. I wouldn’t ever shoot one if I didn’t feel like I was in danger.”

Sure….. Funny thing is that after contacting the DNR about this “attack” Nellessen also apparently made another contact. He apparently contacted the NRA and had a fluff piece written up in one of their propaganda magazines.

This is what was written in the NRA’s ammosexual “horn porn” magazine called “American Hunter.” The title of the propaganda piece article is: Worldwide Exclusive: Wisconsin Deer Hunter Fends off Wolves with Walther PK .380

Nellessen attributes his ability to survive the encounter to his military experience and the small sidearm he carried with him that day.

“I’d be dead without my military experience,” he said. “A single bullet saved my life … a .380 FMJ.”

Phone calls and emails to the Wisconsin DNR confirm: “The Wisconsin DNR along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are currently investigating a report of a wolf interaction on or about that date. That’s all we can say since there is an ongoing investigation.”

Matthew Nellessen, who says he is now “In the market for a bigger gun,” renewed his NRA membership four days ago.

After reading this fluff piece now would be a perfect time to visit this site and press the big red button:

The Shiiiit Button

I served in the military as well and my military experience has allowed me to know when I read a BS story and this is a BS story. This guy was so “terrified” that the first thing he did, allegedly after notifying the Wisconsin DNR, was contact the NRA and have a fluff piece written about this “attack?” You see this is where facts start to creep forth and as with every other NRA/right wing “hero” we begin to see the true character of the parties involved.

The “Attack Survivor” 

Upon doing a little research it was found that the “attack victim” and NRA “hero,” Mr. Nellessen, happens to be a wildlife violator that was cited and convicted just this past December of “road hunting.” This means that he was likely shooting at animals from the confines of his vehicle and got caught. Why didn’t the NRA mention that in their little fluff piece? From The Wisconsin Circuit Court Access System:

The defendant Matthew J Nellessen was found guilty of the following charge(s) in this case. Hunt Within 50 Feet of Road’s Center.

From the same incident:

The defendant Matthew J Nellessen was found guilty of the following charge(s) in this case. Place/Possess/Transport Loaded Firearm in Vehicle.

So why didn’t the NRA mention this in their “Worldwide Exclusive?” That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that they allow a multiple time convicted poacher to sit on their board.

What is most telling to me is this quote from the Wisconsin DNR Chief Warden:

Todd Schaller, DNR’s chief warden, said the incident shouldn’t be referred to as an “attack” until the work was finalized. In a statement from Jim Dick, DNR communications directory, the agency said Nellessen “was not physically attacked and was unharmed.”

Just a hunch but this is what I think happened. This is just speculation and I could be completely wrong but………

The “great white hunter” despite his claim of “loving wolves” came across a wolf or wolves while he was out looking to kill a deer. He was probably upset that he couldn’t find a “trophy buck” and like many other “great white hunters” blamed wolves for eating them. So by chance the NRA “hero” comes across a wolf or wolves and opens fire in a fit of rage hitting at least one of the wolves causing a wound. The wolf then runs away. In a panic the “NRA hero” realizes that he just shot a federally protected species and only wounded it so the old “SSS” (Shoot, Shovel, and Shut up) wasn’t possible in this case so he had to make it look like he was “attacked” so if a dead wolf was found self-defense could be claimed. So the “great white hunter” contacts the Wisconsin DNR to report that he was “attacked” by a pack of wolves and shot one. To further back up his story he reaches out to the propaganda artists at the NRA who subsequently write an ammosexual fluff piece making him look like a “hero” that “survived” being “attacked” by a vicious pack of wolves.

Again this is purely speculation on my part, but…….

If it is determined Nellessen tried to poach a wolf or acted in another illegal fashion, officials say he could be charged. The penalty for illegally taking a specimen protected by the Endangered Species Act is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine, according to USFWS supervisor Patrick Lund.

I don’t think Mr. Nellessen should be in the market for a bigger gun, he should be in the market for a good lawyer…….


  1. Gail says:

    Can’t wait to learn of the DNR investigation results. Somehow I don’t feel they will be in Mr. Nellessen’s favor.
    Question: If these wolves are still protected, why is there a hunting season on them in Wisconsin? (Or am I confusing things with Michigan)

    1. rali74 says:

      There are no killing seasons in any of the Great Lakes states while the wolves are under Federal ESA protection.

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