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Deer hunters, be careful when walking about the Fort McCoy hunting grounds because you might come upon unexploded shells.

Officials said on Monday the hundreds of hunters expected to be on the grounds during the nine-day gun deer season Nov. 22 to 30 could encounter munitions that didn't explode during live-fire training or testing.

"Artillery and mortar rounds are the most common types of unexploded ordnance (UXO) encountered at Fort McCoy," said range safety officer Brad Vieth in a news release.

UXO rounds have been found in past years, and while most rounds are near current or former training areas at the 60,000 acre facility, the munitions could be anywhere at Fort McCoy.

"People should consider any munitions or suspect munitions they encounter to be UXO and extremely dangerous," Vieth said.

Hunters are asked not to touch, move or disturb a UXO, leave the area immediately on the same path used to enter the area, and try to mark the spot if possible so authorities can find and recover the UXO.

Fort McCoy, near Tomah in western Wisconsin, offers hunting, fishing and trapping for military, veterans, their families and the general public.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.