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Iowa Man Injured Hunting Accident

October 7, 2009

Dayton, Iowa - A Boone man received injuries Wednesday afternoon while hunting at the Skillet Creek public hunting area east of Dayton.

Daniel Hartley, 19, was hunting squirrels when the 12-gauge shotgun he was using fired as he was trying to dislodge mud that had gotten into the end of the barrel, hitting him in his hand. The incident occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Hartley was transported to Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge by ambulance.

DNR Conservation Officer Matt Bruner said hunters need to exercise caution when handling firing arms.

"Hunters need to exercise muzzle control at all times to ensure the barrel doesn't touch the ground and become plugged. They also need to make sure a gun has been unloaded before trying to remove an obstruction from the barrel," Bruner said.



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