A local businessman has died in a weekend hunting accident.

It happened Saturday morning (Dec. 24); at about 11:30am, the Butler County Sheriff received a report of a man who sustained a gunshot wound near Allison.

According to sources, 47 year old Kirk Hummel of Waverly was hunting rabbits with his wife, Kathleen, on a farm owned by Hummel's parents.

An accidental discharge from Kathleen Hummel's rifle struck her husband, Kirk.

Kirk was transferred to a local hospital, but died before arrival.

Kirk Hummel had been a long-time employee of 1st National Bank in Waverly.

The accident is under investigation by the Iowa DNR.