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From a law enforcement perspective, a hunting incident occurs when a hunter directly or indirectly causes personal injury or death while using a firearm or bow.

  • More broadly defined, a hunting incident is any unplanned, uncontrolled action that occurs while using a sporting arm. It can include near misses.
  • Being responsible in order to prevent hunting incidents is your first priority. It is important to remember that:
    • The most common hunting incidents result from hunter judgment mistakes.
    • Eighty percent of all firearm incidents occur within 10 yards of the muzzle.
Officer speaking with hunters after a hunting incident
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