Hunter may face charges for ‘scoping’ By Tribune staff . Hunters took to the field Saturday amid snow, wind and falling temperatures, and the first day of the hunt was safe and quiet, according to area county sheriff’s departments. In La Crosse County, one hunter faces a possible felony charge for pointing his rifle at a DNR game warden. . The incident happened early Saturday as Warden Henry Bauman approached a hunter in a stand. The hunter said he was not going to shoot but was using the rifle’s scope to see who was coming, Bauman said. The practice is called “scoping,” and it’s a felony offense if the hunter knows he is pointing at a game warden, a misdemeanor if pointing at anyone else. While it’s common to use scopes to spot other members of a hunting party and to monitor people or vehicles, Bauman said, it is illegal and unsafe. Bauman said he is referring the incident to the La Crosse County District Attorney’s Office.