WRIGHT COUNTY, Iowa – A hunter was shot by a dog Wednesday in North Iowa.
The Department of Natural Resources says it happened around 1:20 pm in southwestern Wright County.
Officials say 36-year-old William Rancourt of Lebanon, New Hampshire, was pheasant hunting on the Boone River Greenbelt Conservation Public Hunting Area when he was hit in the back by bird shot pellets from another hunter’s 12-guage shotgun. The DNR says the shotgun was lying on the ground when a hunting dog stepped on the trigger guard and it fired, hitting Rancourt in the back almost 22 yards away.
He was taken to Trinity Hospital in Fort Dodge for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
The DNR is reminding hunters to unload their firearms and be sure the safeties are on before putting them down.