Red Oak man injured during hunting accident in southern Iowa


December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a Red Oak man was injured Sunday morning while hunting deer west of Indianola. 58-year old Miles Sagen 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.

The slug traveled approximately 144 yards before striking Sagen, according to Allen Crouse, recreational safety officer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Sagen was transported by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

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. He  strongly urges hunters to “Reconsider hunting” in conditions where dense fog is present, because “It just isn’t safe.”

The incident is still under investigation by the DNR.