Must Reads!!

Leghorn, Nick. “The Truth About the NSSF’s Hunting Safety Claims – The Truth About Guns.” The Truth About Guns. 8 Dec. 2011. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) released a headline making report claiming that Hunting was safer than playing golf and many other outdoor leisure activities.  This professional article by Nick Leghorn goes deep into the foundational flaws of the investigation itself and also how it was presented.  Nick does a fantastic job of showing the reader how NSSF came up with the numbers they did and also how their process of obtaining these numbers creates a skewed view for an uneducated reader.  For anyone who read the original report by the NSSF, this article is a must read because it shows the truth the NSSF is trying to hide. Not only did Nick do a great job writing his article, he also was in contact with the writers of the original report to learn more about their methodology.  Overall great report by Nick and a very good read.


“One in Three Hunters Will Fall – Deer & Deer Hunting | Whitetail Deer Hunting Tips.” Deer & Deer Hunting. 24 Feb. 2008. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

This article was my favorite and by far the most informative so far.  It is a rather lengthy article but it is definitely worth the read if you have the time.  The website collected its own data through a survey which is very revealing about the tendencies of hunters.  They also did their research into the hunting accidents numbers over the last several decades. The article does a great job of explaining their research to the reader and explaining the different causes of tree stand falls.  A lot of the article tells stories from the people who took the survey. Although this part is not quite as informative, it does give the reader a better understanding of what things to watch out for in the future.

Tree Stand Falls Most-common Hunting Accident.” Washington Times. The Washington Times, 11 Nov. 2014. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

This article is relatively short but the main reason I included it in the reading list is because of the unique perspective.  The majority of the article contains interview dialogue with a Natural Conservation officer.  It’s a quick read but it still gives the readers some numerical information for the state of Indiana. Most of the articles I have read have given the same advice, however maybe more people would listen when it comes from an agency who deal with hunting accidents on a daily basis.

Herbert, Jason. “7 Deer Hunting Accidents to Avoid – North American Whitetail.” North American Whitetail 7 Deer Hunting Accidents to Avoid Comments. 30 May 2012. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

This article is less of a number driven, informative article but more a personal, advice giving article that I recommend you all read.  It is fairly short read and also it does a great job of using the genre to keep the reader entertained.  The article references studies on hunting accidents and breaks down the types of accidents into different categories.  Then off of the major categories, the writer gives a more in-depth look into the causes and tips to avoid them.

Iannelli, Vincent. “Think About Gun Safety to Prevent Hunting Accidents and Tragedies.” Health. 23 Nov. 2013. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

An overall well written article by a pediatrics expert about gun safety with children.  The article lists countless stories worldwide of accidents involving children with guns.  The article references studies on hunting accidents and uses them to support their statements.  Also they provide a section with safety tips that everyone should read and listen to. Again, more of the same advice that other writers are giving on the topic, but it is interesting to read from a more unique perspective.

“Report: Turkey Hunting Most Dangerous; Deer Hunting Most Deadly.” News | Penn State University. 10 Mar. 2005. Web. 14 Nov. 2015. <;.

This article which can be found on the Penn State University News page presents an overview of a study conducted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Journal of Trauma.  The study collected data from hunting related injuries in Pennsylvania, and with that data, they were able to break down the percentages of injuries during each different hunting season and also how laws implemented during the study affected those injury rates.  This article does a good job of presenting the facts without giving a biased vibe. There are also some findings that will make you think twice about how important it is to be seen as a hunter.  Definitely a fantastic read that really gets the facts out there.  A must read for everyone.

Shapiro, Naomi. “Accidents During Whitetail Hunting — and Their Prevention.” Accidents During Whitetail Hunting. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.

Another great read on Hunting Accident prevention.  I’ve said it many times before and ill say it again.  It is your own responsibility to protect yourself and to keep others safe who are hunting with you.  In this article, Shapiro presents an interview with professional hunting guide Phil Schweik to the reader.  During the interview Schweik details to us, the many different types of accidents that hunters experience each year. Just to name a few: failing to look beyond the target, failing to wear orange, and even self-inflicted wounds.  This article does a great job of telling us how these seemingly rare accidents can happen and what we as hunters can do to avoid becoming a statistic.

Meyers, Stephen. “Hunting Safety in Crosshairs after Fatal Shooting.” Coloradoan. 12 Nov. 2015. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.

This article is rather lengthy but definitely worth the read if you have the opportunity.  Stephen starts the article recounting a fearful story of two hikers coming face to face with shotguns while walking in a State park in Colorado.  The article does a great job of balancing the rights of the hunters on public land while also taking safety of bystanders into account.  The second half of the article goes into details of a state proposal to reduce the number of injuries sustained in events similar to this.  I like this article because it shows us how states can compromise and make full use of state parks for everyone. I think that if the proposal passes, it could stir change across the nation.

“Slow Harvest Raises Hunter Safety Concerns.” – WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.

A quick read from La Crosse, Wisconsin WXOW local news about how harvest times for local farmers can create more dangers for hunters.  I found this article to be extremely interesting because no one really thinks about this.  I wanted to share it so you can realize just how delicate of a sport hunting can be.  When weather affects farmers harvest times, crops are often left standing which creates a drastic reduction in visibility.  This piece really started to get me thinking of other ways hunters can be effected by mother nature.

Smith, Jimmy. “Safety Is Key to a Great Hunting Season.” Safety Is Key to a Great Hunting Season. 23 Oct. 2015. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.

As you know from reading my blogs, I like to preach on personal responsibility.  This article by Lt. Col. Jimmy Smith does a fantastic job of doing the same thing.  The second half is all I want you to read but please take the time to check this one out.  Not only does he give us tips to avoid accidents he also points out the most common mistakes made by hunters that often lead to accidents. Pretty short read but take a quick minute to look into this. You wont regret it.

Hernandez, Nancy. “Tree Stands, Hunting Bad Mix?” The Frederick News-Post. 29 Nov. 2005. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
A good read that shows the problem is just as prevalent locally in Maryland as it is nationwide. The article starts with an interview with a Natural Resources Police spokesman where he says that tree stand falls have been the leading cause of injury to Maryland Hunters. Good article that tells the facts from someone involved in the department. The author goes into additional risks that hunters face and ways that they can be prevented.

Schnyder, Mark. “Deadly Hunting Accidents on the Rise in Kentucky.” – News, Weather & Sports. 16 Nov. 2007. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
Another article with an interview from someone in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. This case is in Kentucky where hunting deaths have been unusually high. The interview gets into the most common causes of hunting deaths. It’s a very good read that shows how these accidents are possible and how they are trying to reduce the number of accidents.

“Missouri Hunter’s Ed Course.” Four Most Common Causes of Hunting Incidents. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
This partial article is taken straight from the Missouri study guide for the Hunters Safety Course. It very clearly and effectively shows the 4 most common hunting incidents based on their research. The article also ends with a helpful video about safety after you have killed your game. I just wanted to highlight this section however the entire guide is available to read as well.

Stuckey, Mike. “In Many States, Young Kids May Hunt Alone.” 21 July 2009. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
This article was very interesting to me when I first read it. It highlights the different laws in the states regarding minimum age requirements for hunting alone. The article starts with a story of a 15 year old who is facing juvenile detention after accidentally shooting a hiker on public land while hunting alone. The author did extensive research to find individual laws and other factors that contribute to the epidemic.

Chu, Henry. “Human Deaths Raise Calls for More Hunting Regulations in Italy.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2011. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.
I recommend this article because it shows that the Hunters Safety issue isn’t just a US issue. The author reacts to hunting accidents that have taken place it Italy. The author claims that someone was accidentally shot to death at a rate of one person per week. That number is unbelievable and the author of this article proposes reform in hunting laws to bring that number down. The author touches on specific laws that obviously need change as well. Overall a very good and informative read.


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