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Iowa DNR investigating two hunting incidents involving guns


This news story was published on December 25, 2019.
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Information from Iowa DNR

WARREN COUNTY – The Iowa DNR is investigating two hunting incidents involving guns.

On December 22, 2019, around 10:30am, Austin Pontier of St. Charles was shot by a member of his hunting party while participating in a deer drive south of St. Charles.

Pontier was taken to a local hospital and treated and released. His wound was non-life threatning.

On December 21, 2019, around 9:00am, Andrew Strahl of Des Moines shot at deer as they crossed a road. While shooting, he hit a house north of Pleasantville in rural Marion County.

DNR conservation officers are continuing to investigate both hunting incidents at this time.

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10 Responses to Iowa DNR investigating two hunting incidents involving guns

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 27, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Soon drone(s) will be flying over Clear Lake. Across state land looking for violators. The clarity of today’s smart phone cameras is amazing. The drone cameras will be able to spot what type of beer your drinking. Poachers will be caught. Or at least that what they will tell you. Drone technology funding will come from taxpayers. And boomerangs will become popular again.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    In the upper tiers of counties in Iowa it is very easy to chase deer in trucks from the road. It is done all the time. I can’t tell you how many times I had somebody shoot a deer, from inside or outside their truck, that I had been slowly stalking. Sometimes they just drive out into the field. It is the reason I gave up deer hunting. Complained to a game warden once. He had no interest in doing anything about it. Even said I would go to court.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2019 at 9:03 am

    there is NO sport in chasing deer with trucks, jumping out and blazing away

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 26, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      Chasing deer with trucks is illegal, pushing deer on foot is not. Just walking and making some noise is enough, most of the time, to push deer in the direction you want them to go. That being said, make sure of your lanes and that the pushers are close enough,yet far enough a part.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 26, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Drive: propel or carry by force in a specified direction. Many people after deer conduct a deer round-up not a hunt. It is needed though to keep the deer population from causing more traffic accidents.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 25, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    The need to ban Deer driving. It is dangerous, especially for those who don’t hunt much.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 25, 2019 at 10:02 pm

      Deer really shouldn’t be driving, their better suited for walking or running.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 25, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    “Andrew Strahl of Des Moines shot at deer as they crossed a road. While shooting, he hit a house north of Pleasantville in rural Marion County.”

    I took hunter safety clear back in the early 1980’s, I was taught to KNOW your targets, DON’T SHOOT NEAR HOUSES, DON’T SHOOT ACROSS ROADS.

    Somebody needs to do some time and relearn these things.