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Businessman shot while hunting

Winona Daily News - November 10, 2006
By Jeff Dankert

A 69-year-old Winona businessman was shot in the arm with a 20-gauge slug while deer hunting Thursday morning five miles north of Rushford, Minn.

A helicopter took David Arnold to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., where he was preparing for surgery, said his son, former Winona City Councilman Chris Arnold. “He’s doing fine. He’s stable,” he said.

The wound was on his right elbow. Doctors said he would not lose his arm, Chris Arnold said.

Arnold was hunting with friends and family on private property along County Road 4, according to the Winona County Sheriff’s office. He and two hunters were driving deer toward two other hunters.

Thomas John Demarais, a friend of the Arnold family, shot twice at a deer, and the first slug struck Arnold, who was about 150 yards away and out of sight, said Deputy Darren Brand.

The hunters called for help at 9:51 a.m. Rescuers found Arnold conscious, Sheriff Dave Brand said.

Chris Arnold said his father was wearing blaze orange clothing.

Dave Arnold co-founded EMD, Winona’s largest employer before it sold out to Benchmark Electronics in 1996. He is the father-in-law of school board member-elect Stacey Mounce Arnold.



Of 24 Minnesota hunting accidents in 2005, 15 involved one hunter shooting another. The three fatalities involved large-bore rifles while deer hunting. The most common factor involved a victim out of sight of the shooter. Nine accidents were self-inflicted.

Hunting accidents have steadily dropped in Minnesota, down from about 40 a year in the mid-1990s to 16 in 2004 and 24 last year.


Wisconsin had 33 firearms hunting accidents last year and four deaths.


On Sunday, a hunter was shot in the leg by his daughter during a four-person deer drive near Climax, Minn.

Last year, a man hunting in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge was shot in the knee while retrieving a deer for his daughter. In the Red Wing area, a man in a deer drive took a 12-gauge slug to the forehead after it passed through a deer and ricocheted off the ground. He survived.

Deer hunters should plan who will shoot and when. Each hunter in a drive party should have a predetermined zone of fire and know the whereabouts of others. Wear blaze orange.

Sources: Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources, Associated Press

Reporter Jeff Dankert can be reached at (507) 453-3513 or [email protected]

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