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Man survives shot to the head while duck hunting

This is the hat an 18-year-old Shakopee man was wearing Sunday, when a bullet grazed his head near Emily. (FORUM NEWS SERVICE)

EMILY -- A shotgun blast grazed the side of an 18-year-old Shakopee man's head Sunday morning while duck hunting in Crow Wing County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported.

When the DNR and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office arrived, several first responders were working on the man identified as Derek A. Bonsante. Bonsante was talking and interacting normally and it appeared he had a grazing head wound from a shotgun blast.

Bonsante was transported by ambulance to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, where he was treated and released.

The incident was reported at 7:23 a.m. near Emily.

According to the report supplied by the DNR, there were five hunters and two of the hunters were in the canoe with Bonsante at the time of the accident. The hunters said some ducks were flying towards them. One hunter said he was going to shoot, and when he stood up to shoot, Bonsante stood up in front of him in the line of fire.

The hunters said when they realized Bonsante was shot, they called the other hunting members and headed towards shore to call for help. The hunters said they heard a shot, then heard someone scream shortly after.

Bonsante told the DNR that when he saw the ducks coming, he thought everyone but himself had shot. He said he was grazed by a shot and it was really loud, the report said.

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