With many different types of wildlife, Michigan is a great attraction for hunters. This can raise concerns for the safety of our residents and visitors.
Data shows that most hunting accidents are caused by carelessness. Climbing a tree or stand with a loaded firearm, shooting at prey without scanning the terrain, and failing to deploy the gun’s safety switch are some of the common safety mistakes.
In addition, research shows that hunters are about as likely to injure themselves as they are someone else.
The good news is that the number of hunting injuries has been decreasing! This is in part due to state laws that require anyone born January 1, 1960 or later to have certain training to purchase a hunting license.
The Department of Natural Resources offers an online hunter education course to meet one of the requirements for a hunting license. Those who pass the course can then participate in a Field Day, after which they will qualify to purchase a license.
If you hunt, be sure to follow all safety precautions. The life you save could be your own!
Paid for by Dr. Jim Hines for Governor; P.O. Box 5595, Saginaw, MI 48603