Hunting accident reports at all-time low in Nebraska in 2016
LINCOLN, Neb. – The three hunting accidents reported to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 2016 were the fewest recorded in a year since the state began keeping track in 1958. None of the 2016 hunting incidents was fatal.
The 2016 incidents mark a decrease compared to the 10 incidents – none fatal – recorded in 2015.
The record-low number of hunting incidents in 2016 coincided with a year in which a record 10,111 hunter education certificates were issued. Hunter education in Nebraska dates to the 1970s, but the program was revamped in 2015 to allow students the option of taking the course online, with the youngest group of students required to attend a two-hour Hunt Safe Session. The online option made certification more readily available to all Nebraskans.
For more information about hunter education in Nebraska, visit HuntSafeNebraska.org. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer hunter education instructor or mentor should call Horine at 402-471-6134.