Article published Feb 25, 2006
Hunting fatalities rise in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Though fewer people were hurt in hunting
accidents this year the number of fatalities from hunting accidents
rose slightly over last year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Four hunters have died in accidents so far this year, compared to
three fatalities last year.
Hunting-related accidents are down compared to last year, however,
with 21 reported accidents during this hunting year compared to 23
accidents at this time a year ago.
Falls from tree stands are again the major contributor to hunting
accidents in Arkansas. Last year, there were seven reported tree stand
incidents involving hunters. This year that total has increase to
eight tree stand accidents.
Thirteen of the 21 reported incidents have included the discharge
of a firearm. That number is down from 16 a year ago.
Using a tree stand is a popular way to hunt, but it also presents
some special safety issues. Make sure your stand is well constructed
and you know how to fasten it securely in place. Use safety belts when
in the stand or climbing to and from the stand. Don't climb with your
weapon. Raise and lower it, unloaded, with a safety strap or rope.
"Educating hunters is the reason for the low number of accidents,"
said AGFC hunter education coordinator Joe Huggins. About 14,000
students of all ages successfully completed hunter education courses
in Arkansas last year.
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