DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says two deer hunters were injured in separate incidents Sunday.
The first happened just after 8:00 a.m. in Delaware County, on private land, about a mile northeast of Backbone State Park. Twenty-eight-year-old Travis Myers, of Dundee, was hunting with 10 other people when he was hit by a deer slug in the upper right shoulder. Officials say another member of the hunting party accidentally shot him.
Myers was taken to Manchester Regional Medical Center where he was expected to be treated for a flesh wound.
The second incident happened around 2:00 p.m. northeast of Winfield, in Henry County. Forty-seven-year-old Walter Freeman, of Winfield, was hit in the stomach by a deer slug. Officials believe another hunter in his party fired the shot. Freeman was transported by air ambulance to University of Iowa Hospitals for surgery. His current condition is unknown.
DNR officials say it appears both incidents happened when a hunter was firing at a moving deer. They are stressing hunting safety and the importance of knowing where all members of your party are.
“Wait until you have a clear shot with a safe backstop before pulling the trigger. Know where members of your hunting party are at, at all times,” said Megan Wisecup, the coordinator for hunter safety programs for the DNR.
Both shootings are being investigated by the DNR.