Hunter Injured Thursday In Palo Alto County

Date posted - March 16, 2012

A Ruthven man received minor injuries Thursday morning after the barrel of a gun from a fellow hunter exploded hitting him in the hand.

Carl Jensen, 19, was treated and released from Emmetsburg Medical Clinic in Emmetsburg after the barrel of a 12-gauge shotgun fired by Ethan Bakken, 19, also of Ruthven, exploded while the two were hunting snow geese in a field northwest of Ruthven at approximately7:30 a.m.on Thursday.

Bakken had taken a shot when a shell in his gun did not fire properly. He reloaded the shotgun and when he fired again, the barrel exploded with pieces of the gun hitting Jensen in the hand. It is believed that the barrel had become obstructed by the misfiring of the first shell.

 The incident is a reminder to anyone using firearms that if a shell misfires, the shooter should immediately stop using the gun until the barrel can be safely removed and cleared, saidDNRRecreational Safety Officer Jeff Barnes.

Barnes said, “This applies to trap shooting as well as hunting,” pointing out that the scholastic trap shooting season is just beginning. Anytime a gun misfires, it should not be used again until it can be determined why it misfired and to make sure it is operating correctly.” Barnes said theDNRis continuing to investigate the incident to determine why the gun misfired.


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