The Pennsylvania Game Commission says there were no gun-related hunting or trapping fatalities reported in the state in 2012.
That’s the first time officials have been able to make that claim since numbers were first tabulated for such incidents in 1915.
The Game Commission says there were 33 non-fatal shooting incidents, but, in what may be another first, there were none reported during the 2012 fall turkey-hunting season.
Officials have calculated that hunting-related shooting incidents have declined by nearly 80 percent since the state instituted hunter-education training programs in 1959. Last year, nearly 38,000 people were certified to hunt through one of the Game Commission’s Basic Hunter-Trapper Education courses, coordinated by about 2,300 volunteer instructors.