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hunting incidents report - 2013 season

Hunting Incidents, Yearly Comparison

Hunting Incident Report in .pdf format

In 2013, 23 hunting and shooting sports related incidents were reported in South Dakota to the HuntSAFE Office. Two hunting incidents resulted in fatalities from medically related causes. The total number of hunting and shooting sports related incidents slightly increased from the previous year (21) however overall numbers of incidents were lower than the 10 year average.

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks compiles hunter safety statistics each year using the definitions outlined by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA). The IHEA determines the criteria of how incidents are reported. These criteria are:

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

Below is an overview of the reported incidents. After this overview, each incident is described on a case-by-case basis.


Hunting Incidents Summary Table

SOUTH DAKOTA HUNTING INCIDENT DATA
YEAR
TOTAL
BIG GAME
UPLAND GAME
WATERFOWL
*OTHER
FATAL
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
2009
39
0
30
0
9
1

In cases where a shooter could be determined, 9 were non-residents, 5 were residents and in the remaining cases a shooter was not identified or the incident was self-inflicted.

Where hunter education completion could be determined, the data indicated 10 people involved as shooters had received hunter education while 5 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 Hunting Incidents

Pheasant Hunting Incidents