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Hunting is Safe!

Many people have the perception that hunting is a dangerous sport. Through the efforts of hunter education practices, hunting has become one of the safest outdoor sports today. Look at accident reports from any outdoor sport such as football, baseball, basketball, fishing, or bicycling. The occurrences of accidents while hunting are MUCH lower than any of these sports, and are actually decreasing with the increase of educated hunters.

Injury rate for different outdoor activities

Sport

Participants

Injuries

Injuries per 100.000 participants

Football

17,800,000

418,260

235.0

Basketball

29,900,000

512,213

171.3

Bicycle Riding

43,100,000

485,669

112.7

Baseball

14,200,000

155,898

109.8

Fishing

43,300,000
 

63,026

14.6

Golf

24,700,000

34,382

13.9

Hunting

20,900,000

903

0.4

Sources: Participants - National Sporting Goods Association, 2005.

Injuries - Consumer Product Safety Commission. Injuries treated in hospital emergency departments.

Hunting Injuries: International Hunter Education Association, Hunting Incident Summary, 2005.

Note: The National Safety Council warns against using participation figures to calculate injury comparisons as frequency and number of participants will vary in each activity.

 
Chart

Note- this chart indicates actual data from the State of Minnesota's hunter education program.

 
 

This chart indicates as the number of hunters who possess hunter education certificate increases,the number of deer hunting incidents over the years decreases. As more hunters have become educated over the years, the number of hunting incidents has decreased.

 
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