November 30, 2004
In 2003, a total of 40 hunting incidents were reported in South
Dakota, including one fatality. Five of the incidents (12.5%) occurred
in Hand County.
According to Game, Fish and Parks, more than 200,000 people were
licensed to hunt in South Dakota in 2003, so the percentage of incidents
resulting in injury related to the number of people hunting is very
low. However, GF&P notes that it doesn't mean much to those who
have been personally involved.
Of the incidents reported, 72.5 percent involved pheasant hunting.
Part of the reason for the large percentage was the increased pheasant
population in 2003.
The reported Hand County incidents include:
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