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Hunting Incidents, Yearly Comparison

2014 Hunting Incident Report

In 2014, 28 hunting and shooting sports related incidents were reported to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. One hunting incident resulted in a fatality from a health-related cause. Even though the total number of hunting and shooting sports related incidents slightly increased from 2013, the total number of incidents reported to GFP in 2014 was still below the 10 year average of 36 incidents.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) HuntSAFE Program compiles hunter safety statistics each year using the definitions outlined by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA). The IHEA determines the criteria of how hunting incidents, public shooting range incidents and treestand incidents are reported. These criteria are:

This report includes the incidents that were reported to GFP within all three of the above criteria. Other incidents may have occurred, but they were not reported to GFP.

A short summary of each 2014 incident is described on a case-by-case basis below.


Hunting Incidents Summary Table 2010-2014

SOUTH DAKOTA HUNTING INCIDENT DATA
YEAR
TOTAL
BIG GAME
UPLAND GAME
WATERFOWL
*OTHER
FATAL
2014
28
2
21
2
3
1
2013
23
3
17
2
1
2
2012
21
3
18
0
0
3
2011
55
3
38
2
12
1
2010
35
0
26
2
7
1

In hunting incidents where a shooter was identified, 6 shooters were non-residents, 9 were residents and the remaining incidents were either self-inflicted or a shooter was not identified.
                    
Where hunter education completion could be determined, 14 people involved as shooters had received hunter education while 1 had not.

Each individual hunter shoulders the responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them. The four basic rules of firearm safety are:

Case-by-Case Summary of 2014 Hunting Incidents

Pheasant Hunting Incidents