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20 injured, no deaths in 2011 Iowa hunting seasons

February 01, 2012 at 07:29 AM

The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources investigated 20 incidents involving injured hunters in 2011, virtually unchanged from recent years, but there were no hunting-related deaths in 2011, down from a single fatality last year.

Megan Wisecup, a DNR recreational safety program supervisor, says most of the hunting incidents happened during shotgun deer season when a hunter focused on a deer and not on what’s beyond their target. As a result, she says people get shot.

Several injuries happened without shooting at an animal.

Wisecup says in one case a hunter was shot in the foot while reaching into his vehicle to unsnag a loaded gun from several bags he was carrying and the gun discharged.

There were also eight reports of hunting incidents that caused property damage.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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