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Wisconsin DNR deems deer hunting as safe

November 21, 2014

Wisconsin is one of the safest places in the world to hunt deer, and this is no accident, said recreational safety officials with the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Wisconsin has such a passion for deer hunting, and this passion extends from generation to generation,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “Through hunter education programs and important lessons being passed down to younger hunters, Wisconsin continues to stand out as a great example of safe and ethical hunting.”

In 1966 in Wisconsin, the hunting incident rate was 44 injuries for every 100,000 hunters. Now the rate, based on a 10-year-average, is 4.04 incidents per 100,000 hunters, a reduction of more than 90 percent. Wisconsin has experienced four gun-deer seasons free of fatalities, (1972, 2010, 2011 and 2013) with three of them occurring in the past four years.

Conservation Warden Jon King, who leads the Hunter Education Program, said hunting in Wisconsin is a safe, fun activity for the entire family.

King credits the expanded course and outstanding instructors as the main factors behind Wisconsin’s safety record, but there are others.

“Trends in hunting patterns have changed,” King said. “There are fewer deer drives. The tendency is for gun hunters to go out and sit.”

The department would like to thank Wisconsin hunters, who continue to serve as an example for ethical and safe hunting.

For more information regarding hunter education and tips for safe hunting, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “safety tips.”