Pa Marks It First Year Since 1915 Without A Hunting Death

05.10.13 | Sarah Harnisch

Hunting is safer. That's the conclusion of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. They just released a report on hunting-related shooting incidents in 2012. For the first time since the commission began tracking such incidents in 1915, a year came and went without a single human fatality related to gun handling in hunting and trapping. There were 33 non-fatal incidents, a number that also represents a decrease from the previous year. Hunting-related shooting incidents have declined by nearly 80 percent in Pennsylvania since hunter-education training began in 1959. Aside from the absence of fatalities, the report for 2012 contains what could be another first for Pennsylvania. Statewide, there was not a single hunting-related shooting incident during the fall turkey-hunting season in 2012.