State DEC reports low hunting incident rates

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – There were 22 hunting incidents in New York State during 2014. This is the second lowest number of hunting-related incidents on record, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC reports hunting incident rates have fallen by more than 75 percent since the 1960s. During 2014, eight accidents were self inflicted, 11 involved members of the same hunting party and three occurred when the victim and the shooter did not know each other.

The DEC shared the following hunting tips:

– Assume every firearm to be loaded

– Control the firearm muzzle in a safe direction

– Keep finger off the trigger until ready to fire

– Identify your target and what lies beyond

– Wear hunter orange.

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