KIMT NEWS 3 - After an unusual incident involving a hunter a being shot by a dog while out hunting DNR officials are making sure that hunters are being reminded of safety measures.
DNR officials say on November 28th, at the Boone River Greenbelt Conservation Public Hunting Area -four hunters were out pheasant hunting with two dogs when a hunter was struck in the back by a bird shot pellet from a 12-gauge shotgun.
The gun was lying on the ground when one of the dogs stepped on the trigger discharging the shot from about 22 yards away.
Conservation officer Ken Lonneman says the hunter is lucky to be alive and simple safety measures could have prevented the accident from happening.
"Always treat every fire arm as if it was loaded, make sure of your target and what's beyond your target, and always unload the shotgun and make sure the safety is on before crossing any obstacles."
Lonneman says dogs are commonly used in pheasant hunting but he says accidents involving dogs are very rare.
The hunter was taken to Trinity hospital in Fort Dodge where he suffered non-life threatening injuries.
This weekend is the start of Iowa's first shotgun deer season and DNR officials estimate there will be 60,000 hunters in the field.