A First: Pennsylvania Reports Zero Hunting-Related Fatalities


Zero may not have a reputation for being the ideal number, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission and hunters within the state would beg to differ. The state, known for its high number of licensed hunters — 930,000 last year, to be exact–┬áhas reported a record low number of human shooting fatalities for 2012: zero. The fall turkey hunting season and hunters participating in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program also saw no shooting incidents, as reported by John Hayes of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“Persistent hunter education courses and safety-related regulatory changes are largely responsible for influencing hunting culture and decreasing the number of shooting accidents in Pennsylvania, the state with the second highest hunting license sales after Texas. The Game Commission has good reason to crow.”

Photo by: Chris Steves