Vermont Hunters Had a Safe Year
Posted on 01/14/2015
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Vermont Hunters Had a Safe Year

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- For the second time in three years, Vermont hunters had a perfectly safe record with no hunting-related shootings reported in Vermont.  This includes the November rifle deer season when the vast majority of the state’s 70,000 resident and nonresident hunters are in the woods. 

“Vermont’s hunters should be very proud,” said Christopher Saunders, Hunter Education Manager. “This continues the state’s safe hunting experience and marks the eighth year in the past decade that the state recorded five or fewer hunting-related shootings -- a track record that defies a common misperception that hunting is dangerous.” 

“I can’t thank Vermont’s 350 volunteer hunter education instructors enough for their hard work and dedication,” said Saunders, “and Vermont hunters should be applauded for their vigilance in the field.”

Mandatory hunter education in Vermont has led to an 80 percent decline in the hunting injury rate during the past three decades.  Prior to hunter education becoming mandatory in 1975, the state sometimes recorded 20 to 30 hunting-related shootings per year.  In addition, the growing use of hunter orange clothing, even though not mandated in Vermont, has likely also helped drive the rate down.

The universally safe hunting experience also reinforces the continued popularity of hunting in Vermont, which brings in more than $260 million annually to the state and leverages an additional $3.25  million in federal funding for wildlife conservation efforts.