NY Hunters Come Through For Safety

Me and "Bertie" I miss that little sweetie, and now I'm without a hunting dog. Thanks Uncle Sam

Big and Small game hunters from New York state have conquered a challenge according to a press release by the Department of Conservation on Monday. According to the DEC the numbers of hunting-related shooting incidents during the 2012 season was the lowest on record. During the season there were 24 incidents of which half resulted in self-inflicted injuries. Most of the others were incidents involving members of the same hunting party and usually involving poor gun safety. But those numbers are pretty good considering the numbers from recent years. The past five year average for incidents is 5.3 per 100,000 hunters which is down from 19 per 100,000 during the 1960's.

The DEC is crediting the more than 2500 volunteers helping out with the hunter safety programs across the state. Unfortunately, it's the opinion of some that because the numbers were released only this week, and all of the recent hype surrounding gun control legislation, those measures will be given credit for some of these figures. At least maybe amongst the less informed or those who don't think things through such as time and dates all that well.

The bottom line is that hunters from the empire state should be proud of these numbers and continue to try to eliminate safety incidents altogether. Maybe than we can focus all of our energy into bringing new blood into the sport. The DEC also reported that hunter numbers were down 20% this year, which was figured into the safety statistics. You can check out the full press release here.

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