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Hunting is Becoming Safer in Colorado

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Hunting is by and large a safe activity even in the absence of hunter education and hunter orange; however it is always good to see less accidents and death.

Sometimes I wonder if hunters are (unfairly) subject to more safety measures and required training simply because a large percentage of us use firearms. I'm not saying the training is bad, just that we are subject to a higher safety standard than other activities.

As an example, consider that many people are killed or injured while riding ATVs every year, but there are no (in most jurisdictions) requirements to operate an ATV.

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"Sometimes I wonder if hunters are (unfairly) subject to more safety measures and required training simply because a large percentage of us use firearms."

I think you're absolutely right. Beyond ATVs, there's no training required to operate a power boat, to go rock climbing, to ski... the list just goes on and on. And each of these activities claim lives every year.

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This is all good and also a good sales pitch. Hunters Ed is a great program but,,,,,is the percentage of hunters growing like the general population? No.
Is the number of hunting accidents staying in trend with the hunter numbers? Probably.

My kids have benifitted from this program. I have taught them the best I can and took the step to make sure they didn't miss anything. A body learns by repitition. The more times a person does something,,,the more it comes natural.

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is the percentage of hunters growing like the general population? No.
Is the number of hunting accidents staying in trend with the hunter numbers? Probably.

I agree that it is important to compare such numbers on a percentage basis, since it could be misleading if you don't account for absolute hunter numbers. However the injury/fatality rate is even better when compared to absolute hunter count or total license sales.

Check out the DOW's hunter/license number posted on their site by species. Total license sales have exploded since the 60's which means there are far more hunters afield every year and even fewer of this greater number of hunters are having accidents.

So the 10 fatalities/year of the 60's were drawing from a far smaller total hunter count than is today. The net result: the chances of having or being in an accident are far lower today than 40 years ago.

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It sounds like it should. Success!
Congrats!

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