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"
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
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
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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