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Deadly Season for Kentucky Hunters

Deadly Season for Kentucky Hunters

Saturday, Nov 17, 2007 - 11:53 PM
Updated: 12:13 AM

By Megan Skaggs

It's hunting season in Kentucky and unfortunately it is becoming a deadly and dangerous season for hunters. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that five hunters have died since September, three of those fatalities were reported Tuesday.

"If you'll just use some common sense measures and think about it and not get excited you should have a safe hunting season" said Lt. Richard Skaggs from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. "The biggest mistake is not reading the hunting guide when you pick up your hunting license online"
Skaggs said.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife says some of the most important safety rules to follow are also some of the most commonly broken, and often lead to injury or worse. "Not wearing hunters orange, not being sure of your target and not treating your firearm as if it were loaded are the biggest contributors to accidents" Skaggs said.

An accident from a loaded gun is what authorities believe killed a 16 year old Anderson County girl Monday when they say she was accidentally shot by her step-brother as he was unloading a gun out of a truck.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife offers hunter education programs which are required in order to hunt, but officials say it only takes one slip for even the most experienced of hunters to make a deadly mistake.

The latest hunting accident left the 16 year old son of London City Police Captain John Wright injured after he was shot Friday while taking a rifle out of his truck. The teenager was hit in the legs, at last check he was listed in stable condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.


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