Safety key to successful hunting trips

Learning about hunting safety can make all the difference in the world.

Tony Young, the media relations coordinator for the Division of Hunting and Game Management for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said incidents in the field have been reduced significantly in the last 25 years.

“Hunting is a safe activity and hunter safety education has played an important role in making it even safer,” Young said. “Since hunter safety training became mandatory in Florida in 1991, hunter incidents have declined by more than 70 percent.”

Young said judgment mistakes, such as misidentifying a hunter as an animal, are the most common causes of incidents.

There were more than 13,612 hunter safety graduates in 2013-14, nearly 10,000 more than the number of graduates in 1979. There have been 9,000 or more graduates each year since the course became mandated in 1991.

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