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Muzzleloader shooting is a safe activity only when all safety rules are observed.

Three factors play a role in the majority of firearm incidents:

  • Safety violations
  • Hunter judgment mistakes
  • Lack of skill

Almost all hunting incidents are caused by poor judgment, carelessness, or lack of safety training with a firearm—and almost all are preventable.

  • Most firearm incidents occur in the home.
    • Store ammunition in a separate location.
    • Keep firearms secure.
    • Handle firearms safely at all times—not just on the hunt.
  • Most incidents involving muzzleloaders are self-inflicted.
  • The average hunter involved in a fatal accident is 32 years old.
  • For hunters older than 18, most fatal hunting accidents occur for one of two reasons.
    • The hunter fails to identify his target and what lies beyond it.
    • The firearm is discharged in a boat, motor vehicle, or off-road vehicle.
  • No single factor has reduced hunting incidents as much as wearing hunter orange.
    • The color is not found in nature, so it is easily seen by other hunters.
    • Most game animals are not alerted because they may see the color differently from humans.
    • Many states require that you wear hunter orange while hunting. Be sure to check your local regulations.
Firearm deaths chart
Firearm Deaths Chart