Sunday morning's dense fog may have contributed to a hunting accident that injured a 58-year-old Red Oak man.
Miles Sagen was shot in the shoulder and upper chest area with a deer slug about 8:30 a.m. west of Indianola, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was in serious condition there early Monday, a hospital spokesman said.
A fellow hunter in Sagen's nine-member hunting party had fired at a running deer, said Allen Crouse, recreational safety director at the Department of Natural Resources. The slug traveled about 144 yards before hitting Sagen, Crouse said.
A preliminary investigation determined that the fog made it impossible to see beyond 100 yards, even if the person was wearing blaze orange, he said.
“I would strongly urge hunters to reconsider hunting in these conditions with such dense fog,” Crouse said. “It just isn't safe."
— Susan Szalewski