KS: Hunting accidents in 2009
February 11, 2010
Kansas Record Low Hunting Accidents in 2009
Kansas hunters report only 12 accidents, no fatalities
Pratt, KS - infoZine - The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP)
reports that the 2009 hunting seasons were the safest on record. Hunters
reported 12 hunting accidents — and no fatalities. This is a decrease of
four accidents from the previous year and one below the previous record low
"This is an incredibly small number considering that approximately
271,000 hunters spent more about 3.5 million hunter-days afield throughout
the season," says Wayne Doyle, KDWP statewide hunter education coordinator.
"And this is the first year that swinging on game was not the number-one
cause of accidents; careless handling received that dubious 'honor'."
The total accidents included eight and four swinging on game. Two other
accidents were reported when a treestand collapsed and when a hunter fell
while setting up a tree stand. Neither victim was wearing fall restraint
gear. (Tree stand data is kept separately because there is no requirement to
"As always, all of these incidents were preventable," says Doyle. "If the
basic rules of gun handling had been observed, no one would have been hurt.
If fall restraint systems had been used, neither tree stand incident would
have resulted in injury.
"But I salute the 1,300 volunteer hunter education instructors who give
more than 20,000 hours of effort each year. Their efforts, along with
countless hours by KDWP staff, made another record low possible."
Hunter education courses are offered throughout the state, primarily in
summer and prior to fall hunting seasons, as well as prior to spring turkey
season. For information on hunter education and course offerings, go to the
KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us
Then click "Hunting/Hunter Education.".
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