A Missouri man was injured Saturday morning while hunting pheasants northeast of Spencer in Clay County.
Steve Nelson, of Independence, Mo., was struck in the upper thigh, hand and arm by a 12-gauge shotgun being carried by a juvenile walking behind him in their hunting party as the group was finishing the hunt at approximately 9 a.m.
Nelson was taken by other members of his hunting party to the Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
DNR Recreational Safety Officer Marty Eby said the incident underscores the need for hunters to always be sure that their firearm muzzles are pointed in a safe direction.
“In this case, we probably wouldn’t have had an injury if the gun had been pointed in a safe direction, even if it was accidentally discharged,” said Eby.
Eby said experienced hunters also need to provide constant supervision of younger hunters to reinforce positive safety practices.
The incident remains under investigation.
For more information contact Kevin Baskins at 515-249-2814.