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Dog shoots hunter who tried to kill birds in hunting area

By Mason White 1:13 PM December 4, 2017
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A hunter suffered a gunshot wound to the back after a dog caused an unattended weapon to fire a shot, according to police in Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said that conservation officers responded to a personal injury hunting incident on Wednesday, at around 1:20 p.m., in southwestern Wright County.

William Rancourt, 36, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, was pheasant hunting on the Boone River Greenbelt Conservation Board Public Hunting Area with three other hunters when he was hit in the back by birdshot pellets from another hunter’s 12-gauge shotgun.

The shotgun was lying on the ground when a hunting dog stepped on the trigger, causing it to discharge.

The bullets hit Rancourt who was standing nearly 22 yards away.

Rancourt was transported to Trinity Hospital in Fort Dodge with non-life threatening injuries.

The Department of Natural Resources was assisted at the scene by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters to unload your firearm and be sure the safety mechanism is in place before setting it down,” the Department of Natural Resources wrote in a news release.