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Two Types of Hunting Accidents

An article in the Courier Journal of Louisville, Kentucky listed hunting accidents of two types – accidents that involved one person (column A) and accidents involving more than one person (column B). Hunting is dangerous, folks – don’t try this at home.

A)

A 40-year-old man fell from a tree stand, resulting in a serious injury. The victim was not wearing a safety harness.

A 70-year-old woman was lowering her .270-caliber rifle from her tree stand when the string broke. The rifle discharged upon hitting the ground, striking her in the knee.

A 32-year-old man was injured in a fall from a tree stand.

A 65-year-old man died in a fall when his hand-built stand broke from the tree to which it was attached.

Another hunter was killed when his muzzleloader discharged while he was crossing a fence.

B)

A 68-year-old hunter failed to properly identify his target and fired, wounding another 68-year-old hunter who was not wearing state-required blaze-orange clothing.

A hunter with his bow at full draw tripped or stumbled and shot his partner, who was standing beside him. Both hunters were younger than 18. The injury was not fatal.

Mac Lang, hunter training supervisor for the Fish and Wildlife Department, says "A lot of accidents go unreported because people are embarrassed by them,"

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