LINCOLN – Nine hunting-related incidents were reported to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 2013, one of which resulted in a death.
Four of the incidents involved the discharge of a rifle, four the discharge of a shotgun and one involved a fall from an elevated stand. Seven of the incidents, including the fatal one, involved one person shooting another. One incident involved a self-inflicted injury. Four incidents occurred while hunting upland birds, two while hunting big game, two while hunting nongame animals and one while hunting furbearers.
Over the past decade, there has been an average of 10 hunting incidents per year in Nebraska in which a person is injured or killed. Approximately 175,000 people hunt in Nebraska each year.
“Hunting safety is everyone’s concern, and Nebraska hunters do an excellent job of ensuring safety each year,” said Mike Streeter, Nebraska hunter education coordinator.
To find a hunter education course in Nebraska, visit HuntSafeNebraska.org.