4 Jan 2006
WEST UNION - Two hunters were injured in separate incidents in
Fayette County during the first shotgun deer season opener, Saturday.
Timothy Lammers, 39, of Hazleton, was injured by a self-inflicted
wound to his leg by a handgun Saturday morning, according to an Iowa
Department of Natural Resources release.
Lammers was with a group of hunters Saturday morning at a farm east
of the Volga River State Recreation Area when he was showing a handgun
to friends and the gun fired. He was taken to a hospital in West Union
and then was transferred to Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.
Jeff Koester, 43, of Eldorado, was also injured Saturday morning
when he and a group of four other hunters were dragging two deer and
one of the people in the group slipped and his shotgun discharged.
Koester was struck in the upper thigh. He is also at Allen Memorial
Hospital in Waterloo.
A nursing supervisor at the hospital said Sunday that she couldn't
release information about the two men.
Elsewhere in the state, a hunter died in another accident over the
Scott Knebel, 31, of North Liberty, died after he was struck by a
slug fired by another hunter in his group as he was driving deer out
of dense cover, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a
The 9 a.m. Sunday incident happened west of Oxford near the
Johnson-Iowa County line.
The DNR said Dan Schicher, 47, of Brighton, was hunting north of
Fairfield in Jefferson County Sunday when his shotgun discharged as he
was attempting to clear a jam.
He was struck in the thigh. Schicher was taken to Jefferson County
Memorial Hospital in Fairfield.