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6 January 2013, 08:28 | Updated: 6 January 2013, 09:03
It happened in Chapel Lane in Little Cornard as the man was outside with his dog.
The A 41-year-old heard several shot noises and was then hit by pellets to his hand, head and neck.
The man went back into his house and heard a car drive off. He then called the ambulance service and was taken to Colchester Hospital where he received treatment for minor injuries.
Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Chapel Lane, Little Cornard and noticed any suspicious activity or saw a car leaving the area at around 7pm last night, Friday 4 January.
Calls should be made to Acting Detective Sergeant Craig Brett at Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111