HUNTING ACCIDENTS STATISTICS

 

INTERNATIONAL HUNTER EDUCATOIN ASSOCIATION

http://www.ihea.com/incidents/ihea1997.pdf

In 1997

Two Party Accidents

Self Inflicted Accidents

Animals Hunted

Fatal

Non Fatal

Subtotal

Fatal

Non Fatal

Subtotal

Deer

38

174

212

11

140

151

Turkey

4

101

105

1

6

7

Total For all animals

66

635

701

27

291

318

  • 4/66 (6%) of turkey hunting accidents which involved two parties that occurred across Canada, USA and Mexico were fatal.
  • 101/635 (16%) of turkey hunting accidents of turkey hunting accidents which involved two parties that occurred across Canada, USA and Mexico were non fatal.
  • The deer hunting accidents indicate a much higher incident rate possibly due to the fact that it is a more popular game. But should still be considered a dangerous statistic since 38/66 (58%) of all fatal accidents in hunting were deer hunting accidents.

In 1998

Two Party Accidents

Self Inflicted Accidents

Animals Hunted

Fatal

Non Fatal

Subtotal

Fatal

Non Fatal

Subtotal

Deer

37

169

206

15

135

150

Turkey

6

80

86

0

6

6

Total For all animals

65

603

668

28

291

319

  • 6/65 (9.2%) of turkey hunting accidents which involved two parties that occurred across Canada, USA and Mexico were fatal.
  • 80/603 (13.3%) of turkey hunting accidents of turkey hunting accidents which involved two parties that occurred across Canada, USA and Mexico were non-fatal.
  • The total number of deer hunting accidents involving two parties decreased from 212 to 206 incidents in one year compared to the total number of turkey hunting accidents which decreased from 105 to 86 in one year.

The following statistics are from 1998, as recorded by the IHEA

  • 22 accidents were caused by mistaken for game judgement calls in two party hunting accidents. This number greatly exceeds and of the other judgment factors analyzed.
  • The shooters who caused the most fatalities and non fatalities in both two party and individual accidents were between the ages of 10-19 and 30-39 years.

SHOOTER'S AGE

Fatal

Non-fatal

Subtotal

Fatal

Non-fatal

Subtotal

1-09

1

10

11

0

5

5

10-19

17

113

130

7

93

100

20-29

10

96

106

0

57

57

30-39

17

121

138

9

65

74

40-49

8

96

104

4

33

37

50-59

6

51

57

4

24

28

60 and Over

4

47

51

4

12

16

Unknown

2

69

71

0

2

2

TOTAL SECTION 4

65

603

668

28

291

319

SECTION 5 CONTRIBUTING FACTOR

TWO-PARTY ACCIDENTS

SELF-INFLICTED ACCIDENTS

HUNTER'S JUDGMENT FACTORS

Fatal

Non-fatal

Subtotal

Fatal

Non-fatal

Subtotal

Victim Moved into Line of Fire

2

34

36

Victim Covered by Shooter Swinging on Game

3

139

142

Victim Out of Sight of Shooter

19

151

165

Victim Mistaken for Game

22

117

139

SUBTOTAL

41

441

482

In 1998 hunting accidents were 4 th highest on the list of fatalities during popular outdoor activities. Hunting had 92 fatalities in 1998 compared to 1700 from swimming accidents, 836 from boating and 97 from scuba-diving.

WISCONSON DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/es/enforcement/safety/huntstats.htm

-provides a list of hunting accidents which occurred in the 2002 hunting season.

-Listed below are some of the most horrifying cases.

SI = Self Inflicted
SP = Shooter and Victim in Same Party
H.E. Grad = Hunter Safety Education Graduate

Date

Time

County

SI/SP

Age/Sex
shooter

H.E. Grad

Age/Sex
victim

H.E. Grad

Type of Firearm

4/13/02

8:30 am

Pierce

S.P.

50/Male

Yes

19/Male

Yes

12 gauge slide action shotgun

Injury Description- Two #5 shotgun pellets, one to chin and one to neck just under skin.

Cause/Circumstance- Victim set up 200-300 yards from shooter to do some turkey hunting. Victim moved to a new location and shooter was unaware that victim had moved. Shooter shot once at turkey hitting victim whom was approximately 51-100 yards away directly in line with turkey and shooter.

Date

Time

County

SI/SP

Age/Sex
shooter

H.E. Grad

Age/Sex
victim

H.E. Grad

Type of Firearm

5/08/03

7:00 am

Grant

 

46/Male

 

30/Male

12 gauge semi-auto shotgun

Injury Description- Multiple hits to the upper torso and head from the discharge of shotgun.

Cause/Circumstance- Shooter was seated against a tree along a field edge. Victim was walking along field edge still hunting turkeys. Shooter thought victim was "struting" and also thought he saw some red. Shooter shot victim at a distance of 142 feet. No white, blue or red was displayed on victim.

Date

Time

County

SI/SP

Age/Sex
shooter

H.E. Grad

Age/Sex
victim

H.E. Grad

Type of Firearm

10/09/02

4:30 pm

Sawyer

S.P.

25/Male

Yes

27/Male

Yes

12 gauge semi-auto shotgun

Injury Description- BB to right cheek, below eye and bb to left upper thigh.

Cause/Circumstance- Hunting grouse, shooter attempted to flush grouse that they hit back toward victim. Shooter shot twice at the bird and struck victim.

Date

Time

County

SI/SP

Age/Sex
shooter

H.E. Grad

Age/Sex
victim

H.E. Grad

Type of Firearm

10/15/02

8:00 am

Door

 

62/Male

No

53/Male

Yes

12 gauge pump shotgun

Injury Description- Pellets to upper-right chest. One pellet to face below left eye.

Cause/Circumstance- Shooter was shooting at turkey. Victim was investigating the person trespassing on his property when struck by the pellets.

Date

Time

County

SI/SP

Age/Sex
shooter

H.E. Grad

Age/Sex
victim

H.E. Grad

Type of Firearm

15.

10/26/02

9:30 am

Dunn

S.P.

62/Male

No

54/Male

No

12 gauge shotgun

Injury Description- Injuries to neck, chest, abdomen and a collapsed lung.

 

Cause/Circumstance- Shooter heard and saw what he thought was a turkey in front of him. He shot once and heard his friend yell. Victim was at a distance of 46 yards. Both dressed in cam.

 

 

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