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  • Iowa DNR reports hunting accidents

  • A number of hunting accidents have been reported in Iowa over the last week.
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  • A Cumming man suffered a serious hand injury when the muzzleloader he was firing at a deer Wednesday afternoon exploded.
    Theodore Larsen, 69, was hunting from an elevated stand south of Truro when the muzzleloader he was using exploded in his hands while he was trying to harvest a deer late Wednesday afternoon. His thumb was severed by the blast and was unable to be found.
    Larsen was airlifted to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
    The incident is still under investigation by the DNR to determine why the muzzleloader exploded.
     
    TWO ADDITIONAL DEER RELATED INJURIES REPORTED SUNDAY IN IOWA AND CRAWFORD COUNTIES
     
    A Cedar Rapids man was injured Sunday afternoon, after his gun discharged while deer hunting near Victor in Iowa County and a Halbur woman suffered an injury to her foot from a rifle fired by another hunting party.
     
    Steven Thompson was hunting with his son, Joseph Thompson, two miles east of Victor. After exiting their vehicle, shortly after 2 p.m., the two were in the field, setting up a hunting plan. Steven Thompson’s shotgun, resting muzzle down on the top of his boot, slipped. As he grabbed for it, the firearm discharged, the slug hitting his big toe. The 46-year-old Thompson was treated initially at the Marengo hospital, and was later transferred to University Hospitals in Iowa City.
     
    In a separate incident, Stacy Marie Wiltfang, 32, of Halbur, was hunting with one other person north of Arion in Crawford County at approximately 3 p.m. While she was sitting, a bullet from a high-powered small caliber rifle penetrated her boot, but did not penetrate her foot. She was treated and released at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison.
     
    Both incidents are still under investigation by the DNR.
     
    Overall, four people were injured, none fatally, on Sunday, the second day of the shotgun deer season in Iowa. It is estimated that more than 100,000 hunters took to the field in pursuit of deer this weekend. So far this year, there have been a total of 10 personal injury hunting-related incidents reported to the DNR.
     
    RED OAK MAN INJURED IN DEER HUNTING INCIDENT NEAR INDIANOLA
     
    INDIANOLA – A Red Oak man was injured Sunday morning while hunting deer west of Indianola in an incident that appears to have been fog related.
     
    Miles Sagen, 58, was hit in the shoulder/upper chest area by a deer slug fired at a running deer by some else in his nine-member hunting party at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday. He was transported by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
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    The slug traveled approximately 144 yards before striking Sagen, according to Allen Crouse, recreational safety officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
     
    During the preliminary investigation of the incident, Crouse said it was impossible to see someone more than 100 yards away because of the dense fog, even if the person was wearing blaze orange.
     
    “I would strongly urge hunters to reconsider hunting in these conditions with such dense fog. It just isn’t safe,” said Crouse.
     
    The incident is still under investigation by the DNR.
     
    MISSISSIPPI MAN INJURED IN DEER HUNTING INCIDENT IN MONROE COUNTY
     
    MONROE COUNTY – A Mississippi deer hunter was injured Sunday in an incident that occurred at approximately noon southwest of Blakesburg in Monroe County.
     
    Clint Morgan, 48, of Saucier, MS, was hit in the elbow by a deer slug fired at a deer by some else in his seven-member hunting party. He was taken to Monroe Hospital in Albia then transported by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
     
    Diminished view due to fog conditions experienced around the state on Sunday was not considered to be a factor in this incident.
     
    The incident is still under investigation by the DNR.
     
    MASON CITY MAN INJURED BY GUNSHOT WOUND SUNDAY
     
    NORA SPRINGS – A rural Mason City man was hospitalized Sunday after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the foot while deer hunting Sunday afternoon.
     
    Jeffrey A. Esser, 29, was moving through heavy brush southeast of Nora Springs in Floyd County when the 12-gauge shotgun he was carrying discharged hitting in the right foot at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday. He was transported by private vehicle to North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City where he underwent surgery Sunday evening.
     
    The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
     
    Overall, five people were injured, none fatally, on Sunday, the second day of the shotgun deer season in Iowa. So far this year, there have been a total of 11 personal injury hunting-related incidents reported to the DNR.
     
    PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SOUGHT FOR PROPERY DAMAGE INCIDENT IN WINNESHIEK COUNTY
     
    DECORAH – The public is being asked for information relating to a shotgun slug being fired through the picture window of an occupied home approximately five miles northeast of Decorah late Sunday afternoon.
     
    The incident occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. when a 12-gauge shotgun slug was fired from a light-colored truck at deer crossing the roadway, hitting the window on the house located on the 2900 block of 155th Avenue.
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    Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact DNR Conservation Officer Brian Roffman at 563-380-0496 or the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department at 563-382-4268.

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