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Volga man wounded in hunting accident

November 9, 2011

By Ken Curley, BrookingsRegister.com

A Volga man sustained a serious injury to his hand Sunday when the shotgun he was hunting with accidentally discharged.

The Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, Brookings Ambulance and Volga Fire Department all responded to a report about 5:25 p.m. Sunday that Volga resident Warren Quail had been accidentally wounded.

Quail, 58, well known in the area as the former athletic director at Sioux Valley Schools and as a coach and educator, said he was hunting coyotes Sunday when the mishap occurred.

Hunting alone in a field near his home, he had knelt down momentarily, and as he rose and reached for his shotgun, the 20-gauge weapon discharged.

He was taken by ambulance to the Brookings hospital, where his wound was treated. Quail said he lost about two-thirds of the index finger on his left hand.

He was at home recovering from the injury Monday.

Quail, who retired from education several years ago, now works at Daktronics in Brookings.

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