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Iowa man wounded by shotgun slug fellow hunter fired at a moving deer Saturday

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DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa man is recovering from a shotgun wound after being shot by a fellow hunter who was trying to hit a moving deer.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said 47-year-old Eric Winkler was hit in the abdomen Saturday by a shotgun slug fired by someone else in his hunting party.

The Carroll man was helping to drive deer at the time of the shooting. He was taken to an area hospital and later transferred to a Des Moines hospital.

Recreational Safety Officer Jeff Barnes says hunters should make sure they know where everyone in their party is at all times. And hunters shouldn't fire in the direction of other hunters.

Barnes says most hunting incidents happen when shots are fired at moving deer.

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