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IA: Shotgun accidents injure four hunters

Des Moines Register
Shotgun accidents injure four hunters
By ROSS BOETTCHER
December 8, 2008

Four Iowa hunters were injured in unrelated accidents during the opening weekend of shotgun deer hunting season, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported Sunday.

Investigators said they believe shotgun slugs that ricocheted were the cause of three of the four accidents. None of the hunters was critically injured.

The weekend's first reported accident happened about 11 a.m. Saturday in western Clinton County to Dale Rowson, 53, of Clinton, when a shotgun slug ricocheted off of his right pants leg and struck his left calf, authorities said.

Alan Foster, a spokesman for the DNR, said the second reported accident happened at 3 p.m. Saturday. David Cheers, 41, of Afton was hit by a shotgun slug in the lower abdomen. The slug was fired by a member of his group and did not penetrate his body. Investigators said they think the slug ricocheted a long distance.

About 10 a.m. Sunday, a Grundy Center man was struck in the chest by a slug that investigators said may have passed through a deer before striking him. The slug hit a button on Bradley Lynch's coat. Lynch was hunting in a cornfield on private land five miles west of Grundy Center.

A fourth accident was reported in southeastern Iowa on Sunday evening, Foster said. Daniel L. Rickelman, 55, of Fort Madison, was shot in the upper left thigh while hunting near Fairfield.

So far in 2008, nine hunting accidents have been reported to the DNR, including seven resulting in injuries, Foster said. In 2007, 20 accidents were reported, 13 of which caused injuries.  

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