HOME ABOUT CAMPAIGNS CRISIS CENTER ACTIVIST CENTER MEDIA CENTER HUNTING ACCIDENTS C.A.S.H. NEWSLETTER

Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?: > 2006

Dramatic increase in South Dakota hunting accidents

Be safe while enjoying time out hunting

March 4, 2006, 3:46 am

Whatever specific reason for the dramatic increase in South Dakota hunting accidents this past year, there’s an underlying cause – carelessness.

We saw 54 hunting accidents in the state last year. Fortunately, none was fatal and none even – as far as is known – required an overnight hospital stay.

But when you go from 18 accidents in 1997 to 28 in 2002, then 40 in 2003 and 22 in 2004, a jump to 54 this past year is alarming.

“We’re hoping it’s a blip in the statistics,” said Curt Robertson of the state Game, Fish and Parks Department. “Having said that, we’re going to take some pretty aggressive action.”

That includes a stepped-up education program, particularly across the state during the next pheasant season. Of the 54 accidents, 50 were during pheasant hunting. And almost all were the same – a hunter following a bird with his gun and not paying attention to the location of other hunters.

“Make sure you see sky below that bird before you shoot,” Robertson said.

Of course, then there were the really stupid accidents. According to a GF&P report, a 22-year-old hunter in Mellette County was just dumb as a box of rocks.

“Shooter was pushing a box of shells across the roof of a pickup toward another hunter with the muzzle of his rifle,” the report said. “Rifle discharged causing several cartridges in box (which was struck) to explode.”

Take that man’s gun away. He’s dangerous.

For everyone else – pay attention, for heaven’s sake.

Return to Hunting Accident Index


Fair Use Notice: This document may contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. We believe that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law). If you wish to use this copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

 
 

Home  |  About  |  Campaigns  |  Crisis Center  |  Activists  |  Media  |  Hunting Accidents  |  Newsletter

C.A.S.H.
PO Box 562 New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone 845-256-1400 Fax 845-818-3622
E-mail: cash@cashwildwatch.org
Anne Muller - President

 

C.A.S.H. is a committee of Wildlife Watch, Inc.
a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit Corporation.
Contributions are tax-deductible.

All content copyright C.A.S.H. unless otherwise noted.

We welcome your comments
   

Thank you for visiting all-creatures.org

Sponsored & Maintained by The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation