MI: Hundreds of hunting accidents in just a few select years
December 25, 2009
Wildlife notes: Firearm season safest ever for state
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported that the Nov. 15-30
firearm season was the safest on record in Michigan with no fatalities. Only
one hunting fatality - during the spring turkey season - was reported the
entire 2009 hunting season, DNR Law Enforcement Division records show.
"Michigan has seen a continued drop in hunter casualty incidents since
implementation of mandatory hunter education and mandatory hunter orange
laws," said Sgt. Jon Wood, program supervisor for the DNR's Hunter Education
The 2009 hunting season recorded 12 hunting-related accidents, and just
one fatality. In 2005, the DNR recorded 19 accidents with three fatalities;
and in 2000, there were seven fatalities and 32 accidents. In 1950, the
department recorded 25 fatalities and 190 accidents.
Hunter safety training became mandatory for first-time hunters ages 12-16
in 1971; while wearing hunter orange became law in 1977. In 1970, there were
18 fatalities and 212 accidents. Ten years later, the number of fatalities
dropped to nine, while the number of accidents decreased to 107.
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