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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