Hunter wounded Sunday near Rathbun Lake in Appanoose County
Posted: 12/05/2011

A Waterloo man was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital Sunday after sustaining a gunshot wound while deer hunting in Appanoose County.

Thomas S. Burns, 38, was hunting in a group of 21 hunters when one of the other hunters in his party shot at a running deer hitting Burns in his midsection with a 12-gauge shotgun slug at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday. He was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines where he was in stable condition Sunday evening.

The group was hunting at the Prairie Ridge area on Rathbun Lake, about six miles southwest of Moravia.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was assisted at the scene by the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa State Patrol.