Farmer fed up with crop duster, fires shotgun

Farmer admits he may have overreacted

Published On: Aug 01 2012 10:44:25 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 01 2012 01:53:20 PM CDT
EDGAR, Wis. -

A central Wisconsin dairy farmer frustrated by a low-flying crop duster was cited for disorderly conduct when he took matters into his own hands.

Louis Olson said the plane was passing less than 30 feet above his Edgar farm and was spooking his cattle. Olson said he called the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, but a dispatcher told him without the plane's tail number, it would be hard to do anything.

That's when Olson said he told the dispatcher he'd shoot down the plane to get the tail number. He said he got his shotgun and fired.

But, Olson told WSAW-TV he didn't shoot at the plane, but fired his shotgun into a field. Olson admits he may have overreacted, but doesn't regret getting law enforcement's attention about the problem.