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IA: Man shot in hunting accident

May 2, 2007

A 36-year-old Sioux City, Iowa, man was injured in a hunting accident Wednesday.

Duane Bates was turkey hunting with two companions at Oak Ridge Public Hunting Area, in south-central Woodbury County. He was shot from approximately 40 yards away, hit by pellets from a fellow hunter's 12-gauge shotgun, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

He was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City with shotgun pellets lodged in his head neck and shoulder. He was discharged later in the day.

The incident happened shortly after noon and is under investigation by the Department of Natural Resources and the Woodbury County Sheriff?s Department.

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