Hunting accidents down compared to last year
LITTLE ROCK - Most hunters in Arkansas play it safe while enjoying their hobby and that’s reflected in the number of accidents from last year’s hunting season. Statistics from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission reveal that fewer people were injured in hunting accidents during the 2002-2003 hunting season as compared to the 2001-2002 season. This is the third straight year that incidents have declined in Arkansas.
There were 20 reported accidents during this past hunting season compared to 28 accidents the previous season. Although hunting accidents are down, hunting-related fatalities stands at five - one more than the same number that died the preceding season. A significant number of the accidents reported this season have involved falls from tree stands.
According to AGFC hunter education coordinator Joe Huggins, educating hunters is the reason for the low number of accidents. “Education plays a big part in reducing the number of hunting accidents each year,” Huggins said. About 18,000 students of all ages successfully complete hunter education courses in Arkansas each year.
With deer season beginning Oct. 1 in Arkansas, Huggins said there a few things that hunters need to remember to have a safe and successful hunt.
“Each person has to do their part while they’re hunting. Identify what you’re shooting at,” he said.
classes are being conducted year round in different locations around the
state. Persons interested in attending the course can find course dates and
locations on the AGFC website at
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