Five Iowa hunters shot in first weekend of deer season

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Five people were injured as a result of hunting accidents on the second day of Iowa’s shotgun deer season.

All of the incidents were reported Sunday, December 2, 2012. 

A man from Mississippi was shot in the elbow as someone else in his hunting party fired a shot at a deer when they were hunting in Monroe County southwest of Blakesburg.

That same afternoon, Steven Thompson of Cedar Rapids was injured when his gun discharged while he was hunting with his son near Victor in Iowa County.  The gun was resting, muzzle down, on top of his boot.  When Thompson grabbed for the gun it discharged and he was shot in the toe.

Stacy Wiltfang of Halbur, Iowa was hunting in Crawford county when a bullet from a high-powered small caliber rifle hit her boot.  The bullet penetrated the boot but not her foot.

Jeffrey Esser of rural Mason City was shot in the right foot at about 4 p.m. when the 12-gauge shotgun he was carrying discharged. 

Investigators were also working to get more information after a 12-gauge shotgun slug was fired through the picture window of an occupied home northeast of Decorah just after 4:30 p.m.  The slug was reportedly fired from a light-colored truck at a deer that was crossing the road.

A statement from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said five people were injured in hunting incidents Sunday, December 2.  A total of 11 personal injury hunting accidents were reported to the Iowa DNR so far this year.