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Emile Pille of Esko, 67, manages a smile despite a bad headache caused by a shotgun pellet striking his right eye. The accident happened when he was hunting with friends in north-central South Dakota. He wears a special patch to protect his eye during the healing process. "All I want to do is scratch it," said Pille, referring to how itchy his eye felt. (Bob King /

Wayward shot costs Esko hunter vision in one eye

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Emile Pille was pheasant hunting Monday in South Dakota when he was struck in the eye by a shotgun pellet in what he called "a freak accident."


The Esko man, who lost vision in his right eye, said he was walking along a road with his dog while others in his hunting party of about a dozen pushed through the brush in hopes of flushing out some birds.

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