Iowa DNR stresses importance of safety following fatal hunting incident

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UPDATE: On Sunday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced the name of the victim killed in a fatal hunting accident in Marion County, more than two hours away from the Quad Cities.

He was identified as 37-year-old Nathan Sharpnack, of Winterset.

Authorities say Sharpnack was participating in a deer drive on the Whitebreast Arm of Lake Red Rock with a large group of hunters when he was fatally struck in the torso.

An investigation is still ongoing at this time, and an autopsy for Sharpnack is pending at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, Ankeny, Iowa.

EARLIER UPDATE: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reminding residents to be safe during hunting season.

This comes after a fatal hunting incident happened around 2:45 p.m. Saturday, near Lake Red Rock in Marion County — about two and a half hours away from the Quad Cities.

According to the Iowa DNR, a hunter was fatally struck during a deer drive by a round believed to be fired from a member of a large hunting party.

The department provided the following safety tips to help prevent future incidences from happening:

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Know your intended target and its surroundings.
  • Do not touch the trigger of the gun until you’re ready to shoot.

Last month, at the beginning of hunting season, an Andalusia family’s dog was shot just a few feet away from their house.

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