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Hunting Accidents Down in Michigan in 2013

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The Michigan DNR reports the number of hunting incidents reported was down in 2013.

The total number of incidents was the lowest in years, but there was one fatality.

There were nine incidents reported in 2013. Eight of those nine incidents took place in the lower peninsula.

The first hunting incident, involving a rabbit hunter, occurred in February 2013 in Shiawassee County. There were six incidents involving deer hunters. Six of the nine incidents involved self-inflicted firearm injuries.

The youngest hunter involved in an incident was a 12-year-old in St. Clair County who shot high at a deer, went over the intended target and struck a chicken coop, which caused the slug to ricochet off the coop and strike another 12-year-old in the arm.

The fatal incident in Montmorency County involved a 52-year-old hunting from a tree stand who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There were two incidents this season involving crossbows, while the rest involved shotguns or rifles.

Here’s a look at recent reports from the Michigan DNR.

  • 2013:  9 incidents with one fatality
  • 2012: 15 incidents with one fatality
  • 2011: 12 incidents with five fatalities
  • 2010: 14 incidents with three fatalities
  • 2009: 18 incidents with two fatalities
  • 2008: 22 incidents with two fatalities
  • 2007: 32 incidents with two fatalities

A good number this year, but still room for improvement.

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