Last year safest Kansas hunting season in 50 years

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Last year was the safest hunting season in Kansas since records first started being kept.

Still, six hunting accidents happened in 2013 according to the Kansas Hunter Education Hunting incident report. Thankfully, none of last year’s incidents resulted in deaths.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism first started keeping records 50 years ago. The department says hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities considering the low number of incidents compared to the millions of hunter days recorded by Kansas hunters each fall.

Rules of gun safety (courtesy kdwpt)

  • Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded.
  • Never point your firearm at anything you don’t want to shoot.
  • Keep the safety on until right before you shoot.
  • Know your target and what lies beyond it.
  • Never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

Rules of gun safety are just one of many lessons taught during Hunter Education courses in Kansas, and the program is a big reason hunting-related incidents in the state are at an all-time low. Since 1973, more than 500,000 students have completed the Kansas Hunter Education course

If you, or someone you know, is interested in taking a Hunter Education course and continuing good hunting practices, visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Services/Education/Hunter” for more information.

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