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Sad statistics out of Virginia

http://www.culpepertimes.com/news/2009/may/16/hunting-deaths-rise/

All but one of the 10 hunting deaths this year happened by the end of deer season in January:
• Five hunters died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds – the most since hunter education became mandatory for young and first-time hunters in 1988.
• Two hunters died when other hunters shot them.
• Two hunters died when they fell from tree stands.
“We have had mainly self-inflicted, accidental incidents,” Dixon said. They included hunters “walking through the words with a loaded firearm that doesn’t have the safety on; climbing a fence with a loaded firearm that doesn’t have the safety on; removing a firearm from a vehicle and accidentally shooting themselves.”
Among the 32 fatal and non-fatal firearm incidents during the past year, the most commonly used type of gun was a shotgun, which featured in 22 shootings. Other accidents involved rifles, muzzle loaders and handguns.
In addition, there were 15 cases of hunters falling from tree stands. (Those cases include the two tree-stand fatalities.) Almost all of these cases happened because the victim was either not wearing a safety harness or using an unstable stand.
 

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“We have had mainly self-inflicted, accidental incidents,” Dixon said. They included hunters “walking through the words with a loaded firearm that doesn’t have the safety on; climbing a fence with a loaded firearm that doesn’t have the safety on; removing a firearm from a vehicle and accidentally shooting themselves.”

These are accidents, sounds like very poor judgement on behalf of the hunter, haven't heard of anyone shooting themselves while pulling their firearm up into their stands lately.
 

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“We have had mainly self-inflicted, accidental incidents,” Dixon said. They included hunters “walking through the words with a loaded firearm that doesn’t have the safety on; climbing a fence with a loaded firearm that doesn’t have the safety on; removing a firearm from a vehicle and accidentally shooting themselves.”

These are accidents, sounds like very poor judgement on behalf of the hunter, haven't heard of anyone shooting themselves while pulling their firearm up into their stands lately.
 

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Thanks for posting. There are so many common activities that can lead to death it is startling.

BTW - How many hunting related deaths in NJ?

Here are a few other interesting tidbits on activities and related deaths:

Overall, 42,636 people died in car crashes in the U.S. last year.

Motorcycle deaths continued to increase, rising 8 percent from 2003, marking the seventh consecutive annual increase in motorcycle deaths. Last year, 4,008 people died in motorcycle crashes, up from 3,714 in 2003. The increase was lower than last year's however, when there was a 12 percent increase in motorcycle deaths between 2002 and 2003.

Six people drown in U.S.pools every day - that's 2190 per year. Many of these pools are public facilities staffed with certified professional lifeguards.

Drowning is the 4th leading cause of accidental death in the United States, claiming 4,000 lives annually. Approximately one-third are children under the age of 14.

19% of drowning deaths involving children occur in public pools with certified lifeguards present.
Children under five and adolescents between the ages of 15-24 have the highest drowning rates.

Bicyclist deaths in 2007: 698

Falls from slipping, tripping and stumbling 565 deaths

Hunting is beginning to sound pretty safe by comparison.[up]

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why would you post this crap
I think it's good to have a discussion about any safety issues we might have. If we can confront the problems, and make hunting an even safer sport, the antis will have even less to use against us. Every time there is an accidental shooting, the antis jump all over us and make us all look like gun toting idiots. While the deaths are tragic, many of them probably could have been avoided if basic safety rules were followed.
 

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In addition, there were 15 cases of hunters falling from tree stands. (Those cases include the two tree-stand fatalities.) Almost all of these cases happened because the victim was either not wearing a safety harness or using an unstable stand.
I wonder how they "counted" my fall. I wasn't hunting, and it was a Sunday.

I was raking leaves that didn't fall :p
 

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Pretending this stuff doesn't happen doesn't do anyone any good. It is important information that should reinforce what you do to stay safe. For example, it is a pain in the ass to unload when climbing into a tree stand, but it is smart.

The numbers, even in one state, are small and without much context. 9 hunters out of probably 300,000 is pretty good compared to driving cars. But 7 could have been easily avoided. 2 are criminal acts. A jump from 5 fatalities to 9 is a big percentage jump from 5 to 9 (80%), but would be small overall (if there are 300,000 hunters that would be .001%).
 

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someone earlier in this post asked why would you post this crap...go and look at past threads by the same person ...almost every one is about hunting related accidents and hunters illegal activities this guys makes me[spy]
 
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