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2 deaths mar otherwise safe start

December 7, 2011

By Bobby Cleveland, ClarionLedger.com

Two Mississippians have died in hunting-related incidents but overall the 2011-12 season has had a safe start, according to state wildlife officials.

Jerry Carter, the education administrator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, said both fatalities involved deer hunting.

One death was caused by a fall from a treestand and the other was firearm related.

Since the Sept. 1 start of the 2011 hunting season, 13 total incidents have been reported, Carter said, with 12 of the 13 involving deer hunting.

The other reported incident was dove hunting.

Carter said over half - eight - of the accidents reported were treestand related. The other five were firearm related.

It appears a safe start to the long season, at least as compared to the accident total from the previous one, from Sept. 1, 2010, to May 1, 2011.

There were 38 total incidents reported that season including six fatalities - four by firearm and two by treestand falls.

Last year, 30 deer-related accidents were reported. There were two incidents reported involving hogs and two involving dove. There was one each involving quail, turkey, rabbit and squirrel.

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