Conservation officers responded to the Winamac Fish and Wildlife Area just after 9 a.m. Saturday. They say two hunters were shot by a person in another group of pheasant hunters who was approximately 50 yards away. The victims, a father and his 13-year-old son, were both struck by birdshot. One pellet reportedly penetrated the youngster’s neck. The father said he was struck in the back of the head but did not show any visible injury.
The youth hunter was taken to Pulaski Memorial Hospital by his father. DNR officials say minor surgery will be required to remove the pellet. Both victims were wearing hunter orange as required. The names of all involved parties are being withheld at this time as the investigation is ongoing.
Conservation officers encourage all hunters to be aware of their safe zone of fire and what is beyond their intended target.