Five Hunters Injured During Opening Weekend of Shotgun Deer Season

By Jay Knoll, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Overall, five people were injured, none fatally, on Sunday, the second day of the shotgun deer season in Iowa.

Around 8:30 a.m., a deer slug hit Miles Sagen, 58, of Red Oak. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says he was part of a group hunting west of Indianola when someone in his party fired a shot at a running deer. The person instead hit Sagen in the chest who was about 150 yards away. The hunter told the DNR he didn't see Sagen because of the dense fog.

Then around noon in nearby Monroe County, a deer slug hit Clint Morgan, 48, in the elbow. The Saucier, Mississippi native was with six others hunting, southwest of Blakesburg, when someone in his party fired a shot. Both men are being treated a Des Moines hospital.

Around 2 p.m. a Cedar Rapids man accidentally shot himself in the foot. The DNR says Steven Thompson, 46, was hunting with his son east of Victor. The two were setting up a hunting plan when Thompson's shotgun, resting muzzle down on the top of his boot, slipped. As he grabbed for it, the gun discharged. The slug hit his big toe. He's being treated at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

In a separate incident, Stacy Marie Wiltfang, 32, of Halbur, was hunting with one other person north of Arion in Crawford County at approximately 3 p.m. While she was sitting, a bullet from a high-powered small caliber rifle penetrated her boot, but did not penetrate her foot. She was treated and released at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison.

Around 4 p.m., a Mason City man was hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in the foot. Jeffrey A. Esser, 29, was moving through heavy brush southeast of Nora Springs in Floyd County when the 12-gauge shotgun he was carrying discharged. He's being treated in a Mason City hospital.

So far this year, there have been a total of 11 personal injury hunting-related incidents reported to the DNR.
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