Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?: > 2005

Man shot in deer hunting accident

ORANGEVILLE, IL — A 71-year-old man was recuperating Monday after accidentally being shot by one of his buddies in the groin during a recent deer hunting trip.

Roger A. Ackerman was part of a contingent of deer hunters Friday in Orangeville, about 15 miles north of Freeport, when two members of the group fired at a moving deer. Unknown to them and out of their eyesight, Ackerman was standing over a hilltop when a single, 12-gauge deer slug struck the Orangeville man in the groin. Ackerman was taken via a personal vehicle to the Freeport branch of the Monroe Clinic. Officials would not release Ackerman’s condition Monday.

Investigators are uncertain who is responsible for shooting Ackerman because both hunters were shooting at the deer.

The Illinois Conservation Police said all the hunters in the party were licensed and wearing the required blaze orange clothing. Charges are pending further investigation.

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