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Conservation Officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are looking into a Sunday morning hunting accident southwest of Ferdinand where a man and a woman were injured when both were hit by pellets from a shotgun blast.

Officers say at around 9:15 am 34-year old Kevin Luebbehusen of Ferdinand and 26-year old Stacey McBride of Jasper were with a hunting party watching a rabbit hunt, when a rabbit ran between them and 55-year old Glen Vonderheide of Huntingburg.

Officers say Vonderheide swung his firearm in the direction of Luebbehusen and McBride following the rabbit and shot three times.

Authorities say Luebbehusen and McBride both were hit with pellets from the shotgun and suffered non life threatening injuries.

They say thick brush and an incline were contributing factors in obstructing the view of Vonderheide and that all subjects were wearing hunting orange.

Conservation officers were assisted at the scene by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Ferdinand EMS and the Saint Henry Fire Department.

Indiana Conservation Officers encourage safe firearm practices and remind all hunters to be aware of your surroundings and what is beyond your target.

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