IA: Hunters injured in accidents during opening of shotgun deer season
December 7, 2009
Hunters injured in accidents during opening of shotgun deer season
Hunters in at least four Iowa counties were injured in the opening
weekend of the shotgun deer season. Two hunters were hurt when their guns
went off unexpectedly, and two more were hit by deer slugs as other hunters
shot at running deer. Don Pfeiffer is the Department of Natural Resources
wildlife supervisor for the southeast Iowa district. He says hunters can
avoid accidents with better planning.
The D.N.R. reported the following hunting accidents: A Wisconsin man was
injured while hunting deer Sunday morning in Jackson County near St. Donatus.
Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Bourland, of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, was helping
a friend locate a deer that had been shot the previous day. A 20-gauge
shotgun that had been propped against a tree began to fall and when Bourland
reached for the gun to catch it, the gun fired hitting him in the thumb with
a deer slug. Bourland was taken to Finley Hospital in Dubuque where he was
being treated for his non-life threatening injury.
A Burlington man was injured Sunday morning after being struck by a deer
slug in his leg while hunting in rural Des Moines County near Prairie Grove.
Forty-year-old James Nelson was hunting with his 14-year-old son, Zach when
both shot at a deer running between them. A shot fired by Zach struck James
in the upper left thigh. James Nelson was transported by ambulance to the
Great River Medical Center in Burlington.
A Columbus Junction man was injured Sunday morning after his shotgun
discharged while hunting near Wapello. Forty-seven-year-old Luis Jaramillo
had just left his deer stand at the Indian Slough Wildlife Area northwest of
Wapello, when his shotgun discharged as he was unloading it hitting him the
lower part of the left leg and foot. Jaramillo was taken by helicopter to
University of Iowa hospitals in Iowa City.
A 48-year-old New Hampton man was injured while hunting Sunday in
Chickasaw County. Lynn Pacovsky, was field dressing a deer on the edge of a
corn field southwest of New Hampton when 34-year-old Brian Tenge of Mt.
Auburn took a shot at a running deer. The shot missed the deer striking
Pacovsky in the back late Sunday afternoon. Pacovsky was taken to Mercy
Medical Center in New Hampton than transferred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
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