WV - Hunting accidents on the rise
July 30, 2008
DNR says legislation could reduce hunting accidents West Virginia saw
an increase in hunting accidents last year, but officials say new
legislation can help reverse that.
By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia saw an increase in hunting
accidents last year, but officials say new legislation can help reverse
The Division of Natural Resources counted 31 incidents in 2007 that
resulted in property damage, physical injury or death. Eight proved
The agency recorded 25 incidents in 2006. Last year's accidents
included nine involving tree stands, and seven in which a hunter was
mistaken for game. Five involved self-inflicted wounds, while four
hunters suffered heart attacks.
DNR officials presented the figures today to legislators, who passed
a measure earlier this year that allows county school systems to offer
formal hunting and gun safety classes.
Lawmakers say the classes should bolster existing hunter education
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