Hunting Accident Rates Plummet in Texas

Hunting keeps getting safer in Texas.

Since mandatory hunter education began in 1988, hunting accident numbers have steadily dropped. The worst year on record for the state was back in 1968, when 105 accidents were reported. Now, there are fewer than three accidents per 100,000 hunters–and Texas has more than a million hunters.

“The statistics show hunting is safe and getting safer in Texas,” said Robert Ramirez, hunter education program manager for Texas Parks & Wildlife. “And we do believe that is directly related to hunter education.”

Among 28 recreational activities, hunting ranks third in safety behind camping and billiards, The National Shooting Sports Foundation found.


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