NE: 8 Hunting-Related Incidents Reported in 2010
Eight Hunting-Related Incidents Reported in 2010
January 10th, 2011
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
LINCOLN, Neb. --(Ammoland.com)- Eight hunting-related incidents were
reported to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 2010, including one
that resulted in a death.
Of the incidents, two involved the discharge of a rifle, two involved the
discharge of a shotgun, two involved the discharge of a muzzleloader, and
one each involved the discharge of a handgun and a fall from an elevated
Injuries were self-inflicted in five incidents and caused by someone else
In four incidents, the cause was careless handling of a firearm and in
one each the cause was victim covered by shooter swinging on game, victim in
line of fire, dropped firearm, and fall from an elevated stand.
“All of these incidents were preventable,” said Mike Streeter, Nebraska
hunter education coordinator.
In the fatal incident last October in Washington County, the 14-year-old
shooter was following the 38-year-old victim down a trail. The shooter was
carrying a loaded, capped, cocked muzzleloader as he crossed a log. The
muzzleloader discharged into the victim’s back.
Hunting incidents resulting in injury or death are rare in Nebraska. The
injury rate per 1,000 hunters commonly is lower than .01 percent. Nebraska
has about 170,000 hunters each year, and, over the past 10 years, there have
been nearly 12 incidents a year. There were 12 incidents, including two
fatalities, in 2009.
“Hunting safety is a concern for everyone and Nebraska hunters do an
excellent job of ensuring safety each year,” Streeter said. “Safe hunting is
no accident. Follow the rules of safe hunting and enjoy the great outdoors
For a list of available hunter education classes in Nebraska or to view a
full report on the Nebraska 2010 Hunting Incident Report, visit
Return to Hunting Accident Index
Fair Use Notice: This document may contain copyrighted material
whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. We believe
that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes
a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section
107 of the US Copyright Law). If you wish to use this copyrighted
material for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must
obtain permission from the copyright owner.