Fog is being blamed for at least one of Sunday’s hunting accidents.
One incident occurred around 8A.M. just west of Indianola. A second happened around noon southwest of Blakesburg when 48 year old Clint Morgan of Mississippi took a shot to the elbow.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says fog played a role in the first incident.
Fifty-eight-year-old, Miles Sagan, was hunting with a large group when someone in his party accidently hit him in the upper chest with a deer slug. Both men were taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
There is no word yet on their conditions.
A spokesperson from the DNR warned, “When you’re expected to be in a certain place at a certain time, and you deviate from that, without the visibility, it makes it that much more of a dangerous situation.”
UPDATE: In the afternoon, a Mason City man was hospitalized after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the foot.
Jeffrey Esser, 29, was moving through heavy brush southeast of Nora Springs in Floyd County when the 12-gauge shotgun he was carrying discharged hitting in the right foot. He was transported by private vehicle to North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City where he underwent surgery Sunday evening.
A Cedar Rapids man was injured Sunday afternoon, after his gun discharged while deer hunting near Victor in Iowa County and a Halbur woman suffered an injury to her foot from a rifle fired by another hunting party.
Overall, five people were injured, none fatally, on Sunday, the second day of the shotgun deer season in Iowa. So far this year, there have been a total of 11 personal injury hunting-related incidents reported to the DNR.