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Dubuque boy injured in hunting accident over the weekend

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BERNARD (KWWL) -

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a Dubuque boy was injured in a hunting accident in Jackson County this weekend.

According to a press release issued this morning, the 11-year-old was hunting with his dad at Three Hills Hunting Preserve when he shot at a pheasant and his firearm exploded.

It happened shortly after 11 a.m.

DNR investigators found the shotgun's action was not in locking place when it was shot, causing it to open during the shot.  

"The gun was out of battery with the action slightly open when he discharged the firearm, causing fragments of the shell to escape out the side of the gun striking his thumb and breaking the tip," according to the press release.

He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque where he was treated for his injuries.

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