Wisconsin boasts impressive hunting safety numbers

Wisconsin is one of the safest places in the country to hunt – and it’s not an accident, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“Wisconsin has such a passion for deer hunting, and this passion extends from generation to generation,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “Through hunter education programs and important lessons being passed down to younger hunters, Wisconsin continues to stand out as a great example of safe and ethical hunting.” (http://host.madison.com)

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Experts account the impressive safety record to two items:

  1. The mandate of hunters wearing blaze orange in 1980

  2. Increased hunting safety training and an expanded hunter education program

The hunting incident rate has dropped to 4.04 injuries per every 100,000 hunters – a reduction of more than 90% from the 1960s.  Even more impressive, Wisconsin has experienced four gun-deer seasons free of fatalities (1972, 2010, 2011, and 2013).

As a friendly reminder, follow the basics of firearm safety – TABK:

Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.

Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

Be certain of your target and what is beyond it.

Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you’re ready to shoot.

These tips and some common sense will go a long way in continuing Wisconsin’s impressive safety record.  Hunting is a favorite pastime of many Wisconsin residents, and for good reason.  The scenic views are second to none and the abundant wildlife provide fantastic opportunities.  From our deer camp to yours – enjoy a safe and successful deer hunting season!

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