An Altoona man was injured Saturday after being hit by a deer slug while hunting in Lucas County.
Ryan Mills, 25, was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines where he was being treated for a non-life threatening injury to his right thigh Saturday evening.
Mills was blocking in a hunting party of 12 approximately three miles east of Derby when a deer ran between him and other hunters in the group. A 12-gauge slug passed through a deer striking him in the thigh shortly after noon on Saturday.
The incident serves as a reminder to other hunters to make sure they know where they are in case an emergency does occur.
“In this particular incident, none of the hunters had ever hunted this farm before and they had a hard time providing accurate directions to the dispatcher,” said DNR Recreational Safety Officer Allen Crouse.
Crouse said it is also important for all hunters to know where other members of the party are at all times.
“Hunters need to plan the hunt and then hunt the plan so that all of the hunters know where the other members of their party will be. Shooting at deer running between members of a hunting party is the number one cause of shooting related injuries during shotgun deer season,” said Crouse.