NE: 2009 Hunting accidents
January 13, 2010
Two died in 2009 hunting accidents
LINCOLN - Hunters in Nebraska were involved in 12 hunting accidents with
a rifle, shotgun or handgun last year. Two of the incidents resulted in
"All of these incidents were preventable," Mike Streeter, the Nebraska
Game and Parks Commission's hunter education coordinator, said Wednesday.
Streeter said the most common cause of a hunting accident in Nebraska is
when shooters swing on flying game birds and fire without knowing what is
beyond their target, striking hunting companions with shot.
In such an incident, the age of the person firing the firearm is three
times as likely to be in 10 to 19 years old as any other age group. Hunting
incidents resulting in injury or death are rare in Nebraska. The injury rate
per 1,000 hunters commonly is lower than 0.01 percent. Nebraska has about
170,000 hunters each year.
During the past decade, there have been about 12 incidents a year in
which a hunter was injured or killed during the past decade. In Nebraska's
2009 accidents, six of the shooters were 10 to 19 years old, four were 20 to
29 and two were 40 to 49. In seven incidents, the shooter shot himself or
herself. Someone else was shot in five incidents.
In two instances, a non-hunter was injured or killed. Three involved
illegal activity. Six involved the discharge of a rifle, three a shotgun and
three a handgun. Three of the incidents involved hunting non-game animals,
three involved hunting furbearers, one involved hunting small game, three
involved hunting upland birds and two involved hunting deer.
The incidents that resulted in a death occurred in Wheeler County in June
and Saunders County in December.
Streeter said Nebraska hunters do an excellent job of ensuring safety
each year. "Safe hunting is no accident,'' he said. "Follow the rules.".
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