DEC Says 2019 Hunting Seasons Among Safest On Record

Albany, N.Y. - The State Department of Environmental Conservation says the 2019 hunting seasons in New York were among the safest on record.

The state documented seven tree stand incidents and one fatality.

Of the 12 Hunting Related Shooting Incidents that occurred last year, seven were two-party firearm incidents, five were self-inflicted, and one resulted in a fatality.

State officials say all of these incidents could have been prevented if hunting safety rules had been followed.

The one fatal incident was caused by a failure to positively identify the target.

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