The following is a look at hunting accidents in
Pennsylvania, the United States and Canada.
· In 21.5 percent of Pennsylvania’s fatal accidents the
hunters responsible were under the age of 18.
· Hunters between the ages of 10 and 19 were responsible
for 26 percent of the United States’ and Canada’s fatal hunting accidents
between 1996 and 2001.
· That age group also was responsible for 553, or 20
percent, of the 2,793 nonfatal accidents reported in the United States and
· In Pennsylvania, 11 hunters have been killed since 1982
because a hunter slipped and fell. That’s 7.9 percent of 139 fatal accidents
reported to the Pennsylvania Game Commission from Jan. 2, 1982 until June
· An additional 135 were injured the same way but lived.
· Nationally and in Canada, 15 hunters were killed between
1996 and 2001 because a hunter slipped or fell and their gun went off.
· An additional 58 hunters were injured, but survived
Source: The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the
International Hunter Education Association