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Deer hunters injured in Fayette County

 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 weekend.

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 statement.

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.

 

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