A tragic incident occurred in Iowa as a 26-year-old hunter from Chesterfield, Illinois, identified as Seth Egelhoff, lost his life after being accidentally shot in the face by a member of his hunting party. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported the incident, stating that their law enforcement division is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding Egelhoff’s death.
The unfortunate event took place during a waterfowl hunting expedition in the Bays Branch Wildlife Area, located just north of Panora. Emergency services were alerted around 1 p.m. on Saturday when a distress call to 911 reported the shooting. Despite swift efforts by emergency medics to transport Egelhoff via a medical helicopter, he succumbed to his injuries en route.
Conservation Officer Jeremy King expressed that the preliminary findings suggest the shooting was accidental. To aid in the investigation, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol are collaborating with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
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The Bays Branch Wildlife Area, where the incident occurred, is situated approximately 40 miles northwest of Des Moines. This unfortunate incident serves as a sobering reminder of the inherent risks associated with hunting activities, even under the strictest safety precautions.