Two Additional Deer Related Injuries Reported Sunday in Iowa and Crawford Counties
DES MOINES- A Cedar Rapids man was injured Sunday afternoon, after his gun discharged while deer hunting near Victor in Iowa County and a Halbur woman suffered an injury to her foot from a rifle fired by another hunting party.
Steven Thompson was hunting with his son, Joseph Thompson, two miles east of Victor. After exiting their vehicle, shortly after 2 p.m., the two were in the field, setting up a hunting plan. Steven Thompson’s shotgun, resting muzzle down on the top of his boot, slipped. As he grabbed for it, the firearm discharged, the slug hitting his big toe. The 46-year-old Thompson was treated initially at the Marengo hospital, and was later transferred to University Hospitals in Iowa City.
In a separate incident, Stacy Marie Wiltfang, 32, of Halbur, was hunting with one other person north of Arion in Crawford County at approximately 3 p.m. While she was sitting, a bullet from a high-powered small caliber rifle penetrated her boot, but did not penetrate her foot. She was treated and released at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison.
Both incidents are still under investigation by the DNR.
Overall, four people were injured, none fatally, on Sunday, the second day of the shotgun deer season in Iowa. It is estimated that more than 100,000 hunters took to the field in pursuit of deer this weekend. So far this year, there have been a total of 10 personal injury hunting-related incidents reported to the DNR.