Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hunting Safety

Hunting-related accidents rare, state data show - Houston Chronicle. The media and the Brady Bunch want to make much of the unfortunate accident in which Vice President Cheney shot a companion while quail hunting. The truth is hunting has become very safe over the years.
In 2004, Texas' 1 million-plus hunters were involved in 29 hunting-related accidents, four of which were fatal.

The overall accident rate, 2.7 per 100,000 licenses sold, is the lowest since TPWD began keeping accident records in 1966, when the rate was 12.6. From 1999 to 2003, the accident rate was 4.02 per 100,000 licenses.
For some information on the relative safety of hunting and football, see this link.

The sport of quail hunting is one of the more dangerous hunting sports to take up. Shotgunners generally are involved in more accidents - 65% of the Texas accidents. They are hunting close to others, shooting at low-filying, fast-moving targets that they track with their weapons.

What happened with the Vice President was a tragic accident. No more. [Via KABA]

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