DNR: Hunters miss deer, shoot out window in Winneshiek County instead
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WINNESHIEK COUNTY (KWWL) -
Dale and Virginia Halverson know firsthand what a bullet looks and sounds like flying through their front window.
"It was quite loud," said Virginia.
"I have nothing against deer hunting, but if you have a gun you better know what you're shooting," she said.
Last Sunday, the Halverson's front window was shot out by deer hunters.
"I heard a couple shots so I got up out of the chair and walked into the bedroom to see if I could see any deer come up. So when I was there, then a couple more shots went off and that's when the window exploded," said Virginia.
Dale was hunting on their 80-acres of land when he received a phone call from his wife.
"She was all excited," he said.
In their 40-years of living in their rural Winneshiek County home, they've never had anything like this happen.
"We could have been walking out in our yard even and got hit," Dale said. "It could have been worse."
On Saturday, the Halversons found more damage from another deer slug, this one hit their shed.
"It just missed the tractors I'm restoring," said Dale.
The Halversons hope sharing their story can teach a valuable lesson about hunter safety.
"You have to stop and think before you shoot," Virginia said.
Daniel Swehla is a young deer hunter from Sumner. He took a required class on hunter safety through the DNR.
"We're taught very well how to identify the targets and make sure when we shoot we know what we're shooting at," said Swehla.
Swehla said accidents happen when hunters get excited and forget about safety.
"They get too excited about a deer that they forget everything they've been taught through the years," he said.
While Swehla looks for his next Buck, the Halversons wait for a new window.
"Total, it'll be about a thousand dollars," said Dale.
The DNR is still investigating who fired the illegal shots made on 155th Street by the Halverson's home. Six shell casings were found on the road.
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