Iowa’s first shotgun deer hunting season closes Wednesday (12.08), but with the second season starting this weekend, Iowa DNR officials are ramping up caution after at least four hunting-related accidents since last Saturday.
DNR Conservation Officer for Chickasaw and Howard counties, Marc Waterlander, says while archery hunting itself can be dangerous, hunting with a shotgun adds another element to the risk factor.
Waterlander says when hunting in a group, be sure to be in constant communication with your fellow hunters on everyone’s position in the field to reduce the risk of a shooting accident. He also remind hunters that Iowa law requires wearing clothing in solid blaze orange color, such as a vest, jacket, coat, sweatshirt, sweater, shirt or coveralls.
A hunter was killed last Saturday after being shot while hunting in Marion County. Another individual was treated and released from the hospital after being grazed by a slug during a deer drive in Allamakee County in northeast Iowa. A horse was hit this week by a hunter shooting near Elma in Howard County.