According to South Dakota hunting accident reports, the Game, Fish and
Parks HuntSAFE Coordinator said VP Cheney highlights the level of
awareness everyone must have for the potential of a hunting accident while
in the field.
2005 saw a significant increase in hunting incidents in the state of
South Dakota,: In fact, there were more injuries while pheasant hunting
during the first three weeks of the 2005 pheasant season than were total
hunting-related incidents reported for all of the 2004 hunting seasons.
The highest number of hunting-related accidents since SD began keeping
records in 1988 is 40, which includes all hunting-related incidents. As of
Oct. 30, 2005, 32 incidents were reported for pheasant hunting alone, and
by the end of the 2005 season, 54 accidents had been reported.
This is an increase of 22 (69 percent) from 2004, and 14 (35%) more
than the previous high mark of 1988.