STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

DNR officials remind hunters of safety measures after dog shoots hunter

The gun was lying on the ground when one of the dogs stepped on the trigger..

Posted: Nov 30, 2017 8:07 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2017 8:09 PM

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.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 56°
Albert Lea
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 61°
Austin
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 61°
Charles City
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 55°
Rochester
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 57°
Tracking sunny skies all this week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Saint Ansgar defeats North Butler

Image

Central Springs vs. Alta-Aurelia

Image

A hidden gem in the Med City

Image

Albert Lea chooses a new city manager

Image

Deadly force task force

Image

Getting animals ready for the fair

Image

Mohawk Square: may take a year for repairs

Image

Mohawk square update

Image

More stores coming to Southbridge Mall

Image

More businesses coming to Southbridge

Community Events