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THE ACCIDENTS

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 Canada.

· 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 25, 2003.

· 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 similar accidents.

Source: The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the International Hunter Education Association  

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