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DEC reports 2013 hunting season safest year on record

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation reported Friday that the 2013 hunting season had the lowest number of shooting incidents on record.

A total of 19 hunting accidents occurred in 2013, which included two fatalities. There were 24 incidents in 2012, a total that also included two fatalities.

Of the 19 incidents in 2013, DEC said, 14 were self-inflicted.

One reason for the increased safety, the department reported, was the efforts of the approximately 2,500 sportsman education instructors.

The department said the state’s hunter safety rate has improved dramatically in the past 50 years, with the past five-year average at 4.3 incidents per 100,000 hunters, compared with 19 per 100,000 in the 1960s.

More hunter safety information, and full statistics, can be viewed at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html.

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