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Deadly hunting accident serves as a safety reminder

MARION COUNTY, Iowa- After a weekend hunting trip turned deadly, the Iowa DNR is asking hunters to prioritize safety, and follow some safety tips.

According to the Iowa DNR, Sunday, December 9, Blake E. Schroder, 23, of Leighton, Iowa, was out with a large hunting party.

They say around 4:30 p.m. conservation officers found Schroder dead after being struck by a bullet, that they believe was from Schroders own hunting party.

An autopsy is pending on Schroder at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny.

In the meantime, The Iowa DNR has released these hunter safety tips:

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  • Know your intended target and its surroundings
  • Do not touch the trigger of the gun until you're ready to shoot