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DNR Ramps Up Caution for Iowa’s Deer Hunters

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.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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