Monday, December 5, 2005
An investigation is ongoing
By Gregg Hennigan
Iowa City Press-Citizen
A North Liberty man was shot and killed Sunday morning while
hunting deer west of Oxford near the Johnson-Iowa county line.
Scott Knebel, 31, died after he was struck by a shotgun slug in the
torso by one of the hunters in his group while driving deer out of
dense cover at about 9 a.m., according to a statement from the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources.
Knebel's wife, Tanya, said Sunday evening her husband was hunting
with his father, Jim Knebel, his father's girlfriend and a family
friend named Randy Nugent.
She said she was told her husband was in a ravine dense with brush
pushing deer out and was hit when Jim Knebel did not see him and shot
at a deer.
An investigation is ongoing, and at this point the incident is
considered an accident, DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins said.
Knebel's death comes after there were zero hunting fatalities in
Iowa last year, the first time that had occurred since the DNR began
keeping records in 1964, Baskins said.
Saturday was the first day of shotgun season. Three hunters were
injured in separate incidents over the weekend, according to the DNR.
Seventeen people were injured last year while hunting, Baskins
said. Iowa hosts more than 250,000 hunters annually, according to the
DNR Web site.
Tanya Knebel, 30, said she thought her husband's death was an
accident and she does not fault her father-in-law, who she said was
not handling the situation well.
She said that all four members of the group were experienced
hunters and that her husband was wearing protective orange hunting
clothing. She said the group was hunting about two miles from Jim
Knebel's home between Oxford and Homestead, but they had never before
hunted in the area the shooting took place.
Tanya Knebel said her husband had not been hunting for at least
three years because his construction job left him little free time.
But with a new job as a cable technician for Mediacom, he was able to
go hunting Saturday and Sunday. She said he killed a seven-point buck
"He was so happy and excited when he got home," she said.
Tanya Knebel said they had been married for one and a half years.
She said he had two children from a previous relationship, Devon, 10,
and Marisa, 8. She has a 6-year-old daughter, Autumn.
She called her husband a great man who will be missed by his family
"He was carefree, loving, generous, helped anybody," she said.
"(He'd) do anything in the world for you."