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Pennsylvania Hunters Set Second Straight Record For Fewest Shooting Incidents

April 28, 2014

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says hunters in this state have, for the second straight year, set a new record low for shooting incidents.

A new Game Commission report shows there were 27 hunting-related shooting incidents in 2013, down from the previous record low of 33 set the previous year.  The commission has been keeping records since 1915.

Agency officials say hunting-related shooting incidents have declined by eighty percent since the state began hunter education training in 1959.  Nearly 41,000 people received their Basic Hunter-Trapper Education certification in Pennsylvania last year.  The commission also credits the requirements for hunters to wear orange during most hunting seasons as a major reason for the lower numbers.

The leading causes of hunting-related shooting incidents last year were the unintentional discharge of a gun and a victim being in the line of fire.

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