A 37-year-old hunter James Harris from Tama, Iowa, was shot by his hunting dog when his dog stepped on a shotgun that about a metre away from him and tripped the trigger. But he is lucky because he was shot in the leg and is recovering in University Hospitals in Iowa City.

It happened when Harris was hunting with friends at near Grinnell. When they shot a bird, Harris put his gun on the ground and crossed a fence to get the bird. His hunting dog stepped on the gun as Harris crossed the fence and shot his leg.

A spokesman with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Alan Foster said: “He had surgery and is doing pretty well,” he said. “He took between 100-120 pellets in about a four-inch (10-centimetre) circle to his calf.”

No one else was hurt including the hunting dog.