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Dickens Man Escapes Serious Injury In Deer Hunting Mishap

By Staff | Dec 7, 2010

RUTHVEN The opening weekend of the 2010 deer hunting season in Iowa came awfully close to becoming tragic for a Dickens man on Sunday, Dec. 5.

Officers of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources report that 22-year old Adam Storey of Dickens was hunting deer with a group of hunters on the former Lost Island Golf Course property north of Ruthven Sunday morning when he was struck by a shotgun slug fired by another hunting party on an adjacent property.

The incident report states one group of hunters shot at a running deer and missed the animal. However, the slug traveled over 300 yards and over a ridge out of sight of the first group of hunters, where it struck Story in the upper hip area. Fortunately, the slug did not penetrate the skin, but left Storey with a substantial bruise at the impact site.when a shot taken at a running deer by a hunter in another group went over a ridge and struck Storey in the upper hip. The slug didn’t penetrate the skin. Storey was taken to Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg where he was treated and released after sustaining a bad bruise, according to DNR Recreational Safety Officer Marty Eby.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and the group of hunters that Storey was a part of could not be seen by the other group of hunters, due to the ridge between the two properties.

Officers from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, along with the Palo Alto County Conservation Board, Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and the Ruthven Ambulance Service responded to the incident and aided in the investigation.

The DNR reminds hunters to be aware of the distances that slugs can travel, and remind hunters to be aware of their surroundings as they participate in the deer seasons. Several hunting accidents were reported across the state during the opening weekend of the shotgun season.