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No hunting fatalities in PA in 2012

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | May 26, 2013 5:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A new report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission indicates that hunting is getting safer in the Keystone State.

The latest study on hunter-related shooting incidents in Pennsylvania shows no firearms fatalities in 2012.

Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau says there were 33 non-fatal shooting incidents, which is a decline from the previous year.

"It was in 1915 when we started to record the number of shooting incidents that related to discharge of a firearm while hunting and trapping," Lau says. "This is the first time ever that we've had zero fatalities in a year."

Lau credits the improvement to mandatory hunter/trapper education programs and the increased use of "blaze orange" in the field.

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