Hunters always hope to bag the big game. But they also want to be safe doing it.
In Michigan, the 2014 hunting season was the safest ever, with no fatalities recorded, according to reports from the Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division.
“We had 10 incidents reported for 2014, which ties with last year for the fewest number of reportable hunting incidents since Michigan started tracking them in the 1940s,” said Sgt. Tom Wanless of the DNR’s Recreational Safety, Education and Enforcement Section.
“What makes 2014 the safest on record is that for the first time we had no fatalities. Michigan’s hunter education program, and the dedicated volunteer instructors who are the backbone of it, is a big reason we have been experiencing a low number of hunting incidents.”
Only four of the reported incidents involved deer hunters. Another four involved small game hunters, and the other two took place during waterfowl season.
With more than 729,000 base licenses sold in 2014, Michigan’s hunting injury/fatality rate per license was .001 percent.