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The 5 Most Common Hunting Injuries

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Hunting is a refreshing passion. But, we head into every hunt knowing injuries can happen.

The word “hunting” covers such a variety scenarios, terrains, and styles… and as a result, a wide variety of injuries are possible. Thankfully, safety is a big focus in the industry, and new products come out every year that are focused on preventing injuries from happening.

Of course though, accidents are still going to happen. But which ones do you think are the most common?

There are not many studies on this specific topic, but some of the studies that have been done do show one injury that is much more reoccurring and common than any other.

That bring us to our first injury.

Tree Stand Injuries

Whitetail is the most sought-after game in our great nation. And being in a tree stand provides you with many advantages that can help you fill your tag. No shocker here though, sitting on a platform 20-30 feet in the air and climbing up in down in the dark with large boots covered in mud and water can often lead to a disaster.

Wide Open Spaces
Wide Open Spaces When falling from a treestand, this guy’s wedding ring got caught and resulted in this. Not your typical tree stand injury, but just one example of what can happen.

For outsiders, when they hear the words “hunting accidents,” their first thought is usually going to be accidental shootings. But studies have found that tree stand injuries are by far the leader in serious injuries or death to a hunter.

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Safety products can save your life. They are worth investing in.

Studies show that 1/3 of all hunters will experience a tree stand fall in some shape or form in their hunting career. Neck, back, and head injuries can be life altering. For the sake of you and your family, use a harness and any other products to minimize your chances of a tree stand accident.

Misfire/Shooting Accidents

The hunting accident that often comes to minds of many is a misfire or shooting accident.  Firearms and bows can be incredibly dangerous if improperly handled and is the sole reason states require safety courses as well as blaze orange attire while in the woods with a firearm.

When hunting with buddies, the rush of a hunt can often catch you in the heat of the moment. With lack of communication and safety, accidents can happen.

Also, pulling the trigger when you see movement but are unsure if it is an animal sounds absurd. But some hunters have done such a thing. The end result has ended in many deaths and serious injuries. Firearms are no joke, and we as hunters know that. But they are called accidents for a reason, and accidents happen.


All around the world there is some kind of game to hunt. With that brings many different terrains and weather conditions. Slips and falls are bound to happen, and they do, quite often. Depending on the terrain you slip and fall on, can determine the injury.

Slipping can result in bumps, bruises, and cuts. Slipping while hunting mountain country can lead to broken bones, punctures, and sometimes death.

South Nahanni Outfitters
South Nahanni Outfitters

Taking caution and wearing proper footwear is always a great idea to focus on before hitting the woods or field.

Weapon Malfunction

Guns and bows are fine tuned machines with a lot of complexity behind them. Sometimes they don’t work correctly or there is a hunter error that can lead to some serious and gruesome injuries. Not super common, but every year you see a few.


And these type of injuries usually result in some horrific images of some mangled extremities like the story in this article. (Warning, it’s gruesome)

Blocked barrels, wrong ammunition, gun wear, bad arrows, unclean guns, the list for things that cause the accidents go on and on.

Broken Hearts

The headline on this one might have you wondering what that might be? This is injury isn’t quite as tragic and won’t change your life, but boy does it hurt. If you have hunted long enough, we are sure you have felt this quite a few times. A broken heart.

You release the arrow on your biggest buck to date, and it catches a limb. The arrow skips over the deer’s back and he bounds off alive as can be… heart broken.

Bull Elk approaches your call in the deep timber only to come by at 20 yards without ever presenting you a shot…heart broken.

Big ol gobbler struts within range. Place the bead on his head and pull the trigger only to hear a click. Forgot to chamber a shell… heart broken.

I could go on and on, and these moments are what keep us hunters coming back to the great outdoors. Obviously this injury is more figurative than literal but it might be the most common. I wanted to bring some light to this article instead of all the terrible hunting injuries that are out there and end on a good note.

Enjoy your hunts for what they are worth, and be safe out there.


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The 5 Most Common Hunting Injuries