2014 was the second safest year for New York hunting, according to wildlife officials.
State officials told reporters 2014 was the second safest year for New York hunting, judging by the number of hunting accidents reported. The Department of Environmental Conservation says a total of 22 incidents were reported during the 2014 New York hunting season.
Of the hunting accidents that occurred last year: 11 were inflicted by members of the same party, eight were self-inflicted, 3 were caused by hunters who didn't know each other, and of all of these incidents only one resulted in a fatality.
New York hunting had its safest season in 2013 with just 19 incidents. DEC officials said hunting accidents are on the decline in the Empire State with the past five year average down to 4.3 accidents per 100,000 hunters.
Accidents recognized as New York hunting incidents must involve firearms, bows, or crossbows to be counted in the state's hunting statistics.