Columbus man injured while dove hunting on opening day

A local man who was hunting on private property in Bartholomew County sustained a gunshot wound to his foot on the opening day of dove season.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources law enforcement investigators said the 63-year-old man from Columbus went dove hunting with friends Thursday morning. At about 9:20 a.m., he drew up his shotgun to shoot at incoming doves and accidentally pulled the trigger too soon, injuring his foot.

The man was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital in a private vehicle and was being evaluated there for the non-life-threatening foot injury Thursday afternoon, said Cpl. Angela Goldman, DNR spokeswoman.

Thursday’s dove season opening is one of several early waterfowl season opening day hunting dates in Indiana, she said.