Daily American Republic
Missouri Department of Conservation officials are investigating a Tuesday accident in which an Arkansas man shot another hunter after mistaking him for a turkey in Wayne County. 35-year old James Clubb, of Williamsville, Missouri, was treated and released from Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. A former Butler County corrections officer and current Van Buren police officer, Clubb allegedly was shot by 51-year old Craig Zimmer of Paris, Arkansas. District supervisor for the conservation department’s protection division, Mike Lancaster says Clubb took about 18 pellets to the left side of his face and neck, left arm and left thigh and a couple pellets in the left thigh. The shooting took place about 7:30 a.m. on U.S. Forest Service land in a remote area about a quarter-mile west of the new U.S. 67. The men were not hunting together, but they ended up in the same area. Both were hunting with companions and actively calling turkeys. Lancaster says Zimmer shot at what “he thought was red-and-black color and movement where Clubb was set up in another area calling about 60 years away. Zimmer drove him to the hospital in Poplar Bluff after the accident. Lancaster said this is the first hunting accident in the southeast region since turkey season opened April 20.