Some Hmong hunters who venture from the Twin Cities into Wisconsin say they often feel like targets themselves, singled out for harassment because of their ethnicity, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Two groups of Hmong hunters said they have been on the receiving end of racist comments and threats and have had their tires slashed. They said they have been chased off public lands by locals buzzing by on ATVs and firing weapons into the air or trees. The incidents took place on public land near the site of Sunday’s shootings that have left six Wisconsin hunters dead and two others injured in a dispute over a deer stand. Chai Soua Vang, 36, of St. Paul said he opened fire after one of the other hunters shot at him and others taunted him with racial slurs.
Hmong hunters from St. Paul said they had not reported harassment and discrimination because they did not think authorities would do anything about their complaints. Tou Vang, a St. Paul body-shop owner and hunter, said he and half a dozen members of his group were chased off from deer hunting in 2001 by gunfire from ATV-riding landowners.