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How safe is hunting? Judge for yourself:

http://www.all-creatures.org/cash/accident-center.html

Let me mention that our database of hunting accidents is limited by what we can find by sifting through published news reports. Since not all accidents are reported the actual number of accidents that occur is likely to remain unknown.

Organizations such as the National Hunter Education Association catalog only a fraction of the hunting accidents that take place. The IHEA does not consider falls from tree stands or accidental firearms discharges to be hunting accidents - only incidents of ricocheted or stray bullets or shot, or hunters mistaking other hunters for animals are considered hunting accidents in their opinion. Given this is the case, it is no wonder why they report that hunting is among the nation's safest sports.

So the numbers I will provide you are only a small look at what is happening, but it is among the most honest ways of documenting accidents that we know of.

Our database contains the following info for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006:

2004 Accidents: 193
Fatalities: 80
Injuries: 107
Unknown: 6

2005 Accidents: 142
Fatalities: 56
Injuries: 86
Unknown: 0

2006 Accidents: 129
Fatalities: 56
Injuries: 72
Unknown: 1

Total Accidents: 464
Total Fatalities: 192
Total Injuries: 265
Total Unknown: 7

2004 Accidents to Children Under 18: 27
Fatalities to Children Under 18: 16
Injuries to Children Under 18: 11
Unknown Accidents to Children Under 18: 0
Accidents to Adults: 93
Injuries to Adults: 40
Fatalities to Adults: 51
Unknown Accidents to Adults: 2
Accidents to Unknown Age: 73
Injuries to Unknown Age: 56
Fatalities to Unknown Age: 13
Unknown accidents to Unknown Age: 4

2005 Accidents to Children Under 18: 33
Fatalities to Children Under 18: 11
Injuries to Children Under 18: 22
Unknown Accidents to Children Under 18: 0
Accidents to Adults: 37
Injuries to Adults: 32
Fatalities to Adults: 42
Unknown Accidents to Adults: 0
Accidents to Unknown Age: 32
Injuries to Unknown Age: 29
Fatalities to Unknown Age: 3
Unknown accidents to Unknown Age: 0

2006 Accidents to Children Under 18: 20
Fatalities to Children Under 18: 8
Injuries to Children Under 18: 12
Unknown Accidents to Children Under 18: 0
Accidents to Adults: 78
Injuries to Adults: 36
Fatalities to Adults: 42
Unknown Accidents to Adults: 0
Accidents to Unknown Age: 31
Injuries to Unknown Age: 24
Fatalities to Unknown Age: 6
Unknown accidents to Unknown Age: 1

 

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