million. Of that, approximately 8,122 injuries were sustained, or 50 per
100,000 participants. Interestingly, the vast majority of hunting accidents --
more than 6,600 -- did not involve guns but were instead reportedly tree-stand
"Comprehensive hunter education classes that emphasize the basic rules of
firearm safety and a culture of hunters helping fellow hunters practice safe
firearms handling in the field are responsible for this good record,"
The 2010 data NSSF used to compile the report comes from the National
Electronic Injury Surveillance System of the Consumer Products Safety
Commission as well as from the International Hunter Education
Assn. Hunter Incident Clearinghouse. Activity participation
figures are from the National Sporting Goods
Assn. Sports Participation report.
Image of a hunter and his son courtesy of Colorado Division of