(GUTHRIE CENTER) Two men have been charged after one was injured while pursuing deer earlier this month in Guthrie County.
The Iowa DNR says 21-year-old Robert McCauley was practice shooting his bow on November 10th with 27-year-old Derrick Johnson northwest of Guthrie Center when they saw some deer headed in their direction. McCauley and Johnson pursued the deer in an attempt to harvest them. They crossed an alfalfa field running to get into position to get a shot, with McCauley running ahead of Johnson. While part way across the field, McCauley tripped and fell with his head striking the bow above his left eye, cutting him open. Officers believe when that occurred, Johnson, who was immediately behind McCauley, then ran into him with an arrow. The arrow struck McCauley half way between his left side and spinal cord in his lower back. At that time McCauley stood up and pulled the arrow out. Then he ran a short distance and collapsed on the ground where help was rendered by his friends and family until law enforcement and an ambulance arrived to assist.
McCauley was taken to the Guthrie County hospital and then transported to a Des Moines hospital. He was cited for no hunting license, no habitat fee paid, spotlighting, and no deer tag.
Johnson was cited for no hunting license, no habitat fee paid, spotlighting, no deer tag, and attempting to take deer.
The DNR says neither of the men had been through hunter education courses.