(Indianola) A Red Oak man was injured Sunday morning while hunting deer west of Indianola in an incident that appears to have been fog related.
Miles Sagen, 58, was hit in the shoulder/upper chest area by a deer slug fired at a running deer by some else in his nine-member hunting party at approximately 8:30 a.m. Sunday. He was transported by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
The slug traveled approximately 144 yards before striking Sagen, according to Allen Crouse, recreational safety officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
During the preliminary investigation of the incident, Crouse said it was impossible to see someone more than 100 yards away because of the dense fog, even if the person was wearing blaze orange.
“I would strongly urge hunters to reconsider hunting in these conditions with such dense fog. It just isn’t safe,” said Crouse.
The incident is still under investigation by the DNR.
DNR PRESS RELEASE
December 2, 2012