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Georgia Man Injured In Pheasant Hunting Accident

KCCI.com

Man Transferred To Des Moines Hospital

POSTED: 6:51 pm CST March 25, 2006
UPDATED: 7:08 pm CST March 25, 2006

KELLERTON, Iowa -- A Georgia man was injured Saturday after being shot while pheasant hunting on a private hunting preserve in Ringgold County.

Michael Cromer, 28, of Winterville, Ga., was hit by shotgun pellets fired from a shotgun by a hunting companion, Randy Dove, 39, of Royston, Ga., at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Cromer and Dove were hunting with four others at a preserve approximately 10 miles southwest of Kellerton.

Cromer was taken to the Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr and was transferred to a Des Moines hospital for further evaluation.

He was hit by approximately 14 pellets in the chest, abdomen area and limbs.

Cromer and Dove were walking opposite sides of a low area with trees between them when a pheasant flushed. Dove fired at the flying bird through the trees with a 12-gauge shotgun hitting Cromer on the other side at approximately 40 yards, the release said.

The DNR is still investigating the incident.

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