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The dangers of hunting are greatly exaggerated.

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:21 am

Hunting: There’s safety in the forests and fields
The dangers of hunting are greatly exaggerated.

BY BOB HUMPHREY
Motivations for why some people don’t hunt and others don’t even want hunters on their property vary, but among the top reasons is safety. “Many people have the misconception that hunting is unsafe,” said Jim Curcuruto, director of industry research and analysis for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). “But the data tells a different story.” Curcuruto compiled data from the National Sporting Goods Association and the Consumer Products Safety Commission and his findings are enlightening, to say the least.

According to the NSSF, a person is more than 100 times more likely to be injured playing tackle football. I tried to impress upon my 16-year-old the inherent dangers of such a violent contact sport but he insisted on abandoning years of experience playing soccer to strap on the pads and carry the pigskin. Even if he had stuck with what the rest of the world calls football, he still would have been 34 times more likely to be injured than while hunting with a firearm...

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