Firearms safety measures pay off for Maine hunters

Posted Nov. 16, 2009, at 8:54 p.m.

Safety in shooting sports is a top priority, and the focus on safety seems to be paying dividends. In the most popular recreational form of shooting — hunting — 13 people have been shot and killed in Maine over the past 20 years.

In earlier eras, before Maine enacted a revamped target-identification law in 1991 and before hunter-orange requirements became law in 1973, the death toll was much higher. In both 1950 and 1952, 19 hunters died in Maine woods after being shot.

This year, there have been five incidents of hunters being shot during the open seasons on birds and ducks. All injuries were minor and the victims were treated at hospitals and released.

Source: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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