SAFE YEAR: 2013 Saw Few Hunting Accidents
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 2013 was a safe hunting year overall.
Last year, there were no fatalities and just 11 injuries and six cases of property damage.
It was 2008 since the last time hunting incidents were that low, although there was one fatality that year.
The DNR says it continues to see a trend of self-inflicted accidents and that it’s important to remember basic firearm handling.
In the 1960’s, the DNR saw more than 100 incidents and up to 20 fatalities a year.
Since hunter education became mandatory in 1983, there has been a drastic drop in the number of hunting incidents.