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Two men injured opening morning

Two men were injured in the area Saturday morning during separate incidents when they were struck with pellets while pheasant hunting, according to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Two men were injured in the area Saturday morning during separate incidents when they were struck with pellets while pheasant hunting, according to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

"Both incidences happened at exactly the same time -- 10 a.m.," said Dan Hoenke, regional warden supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. "Right basically in line with each other on the county line."

The similarities between the incidents are strange, he added.

The men were with different hunting parties on the Hettinger/Stark County line and were about 15 miles apart, Hoenke said.

One man who was hunting south of Dickinson is from California and was struck with pellets in his chest and face, Hoenke said. The other man, from Minnesota, was hunting north of Mott and was struck with pellets in his side and arm, he added.

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Both men were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital in Dickinson for minor injuries, Hoenke said.

"On both individuals it was a swinging shot but they swung through the bird and hit an individual," Hoenke said. "They'll be released from the hospital today (Saturday), the way it sounds."

The names of men and details of the incidents weren't released Saturday.

Last year, two or three minor hunting injuries were reported in the area, Hoenke said.

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