The Iowa Department of Natural Resources investigated 28 hunting incidents last year, all involving injuries or property damage. However, no deaths occurred during the 2011 hunting seasons – down from a single fatality in 2010.
A Monona County bowhunter recently died after a fall from his tree stand, but that incident will be included in the 2012 statistics, as it occurred after the start of the new year.
“Over the last eight to 10 years, we had been at 20 to 24 [incidents] a year. It was slightly higher, but not out of the ordinary,” assesses Megan Wisecup, DNR recreational safety program supervisor. “Any incidents are too many, but we still fall well below numbers seen in the 1960s.”
For more information, read the full news release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.