A man from Georgia was shot over the weekend during a hunting excursion in southwestern Iowa’s Ringgold County. Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say 28-year-old Michael Cromer of Winterville, Georgia, was in a hunting party of six on private property 10-miles southwest of Kellerton, when he was hit by pellets fired from a shotgun.
The D-N-R’s Kevin Baskins says Cromer and 39-year-old Randy Dove, of Royston, Georgia, were walking along opposite sides of a low area that was divided by trees, when a pheasant suddenly began to take flight. When Dove fired at the bird with his 12-gauge shotgun, Cromer — who was 40-yards away — was hit in the chest, abdomen and limbs by as many as 14 pellets.
Cromer was taken to the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, and later transferred to Des Moines for further evaluation. The incident, which occurred at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, remains under investigation.