Hunting accidents are not common but they do happen frequently enough to warrant futher study. "Mistaken for Game" accidents occur when hunters mistakenly identify humans as targets. HOW CAN PEOPLE mistake a person for a deer, or a turkey? The answer lies in perception.



Hunter Orange:A danger in hunting is being shot while mistaken for game; "hunter orange" clothing has been shown to increase one's visibility to other hunters. Beginning in 1987, North Carolina hunters were required to wear hunter orange clothing while in the woods. Comparing the four years before the law with the four years after, gunshot deaths of hunters "mistaken for game" fell from 12 to 2, while hunters accidentally shot and killed for other reasons remained constant at 22. In New York, between 1989-1995, 508 hunting-associated injuries were reported; of these 125 occurred when the injured hunter was mistaken for game. Although the vast majority of New York hunters were wearing hunter orange, 94% of those mistaken for game were not wearing hunting orange. Most states now require, and all strongly encourage, hunters to wear "hunter orange." Fortunately, deer seem to have difficulty distinguishing orange from green.


CONCORD, N.H. -- At approximately 9:30 a.m., Saturday, January 3, a fatal shooting incident occurred at Corbin Park, a private shooting preserve in the town of Croydon, N.H. The victim has been identified as Robert H. Proulx, age 58, of Manchester. Next of kin have been notified. The name of the shooter is not yet here for full story

LITTLE ROCK - Hunting is one of the safest sports a person can participate in, but incidents still occur. Most hunters in Arkansas play it safe while enjoying their hobby and that's reflected in the number of fatalities this season. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials say fewer people have been killed in hunting accidents at this point in the 2003-2004 hunting season than at the same time last year. Click HERE for full story.

Education Contributes to Decline in Firearm accidents Texas in 2003 came oh-so-close to seeing the first calendar year unmarred by a hunting-related firearms fatality in the 38 years such records have been maintained. Except for a single tragic accident in which a 14-year-old unloading a shotgun on his porch after shooting a squirrel in his back yard accidentally discharged the gun, killing his 11-year-old brother, no other hunters died in firearms accidents this past year. "We were close to zero fatalities," said Steve Hall, branch chief of education and outreach for the Texas Parks and Wildlife."It would have great, of course, to have reached that goal." Click HERE for Full story.