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Hunting Is Safer Than Golf and Most Other Recreational Activities

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: Hunting with firearms is safe; in fact, hunting with firearms is one of the safest recreational activities in America.

To put hunting’s safety standing into perspective, compared to hunting a person is . . .

  • 11 times more likely to be injured playing volleyball
  • 19 times more likely to be injured snowboarding
  • 25 times more likely to be injured cheerleading or bicycle riding
  • 34 times more likely to be injured playing soccer or skateboarding
  • 105 more times likely to be injured playing tackle football.

With hunting season in full swing across the country, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, has compiled data that shows hunting ranks third in safety when compared to 28 other recreational pursuits, ranging from baseball to wrestling. Hunting with firearms has an injury rate of 0.05 percent, which equates to about 1 injury per 2,000 participants, a safety level bettered only by camping (.01 percent) and billiards (.02 percent). For comparison, golf has an injury rate of 0.16 percent (1 injury per 622 participants), while tackle football topped the list of activities with an injury rate of 5.27 percent (1 injury per 19 participants).

The number of hunters who went afield last year is estimated at 16.3 million. Of that total, approximately 8,122 sustained injuries, or 50 per 100,000 participants. The vast majority of hunting accidents–more than 6,600–were tree stand-related.

Read the NSSF release.





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6 Responses to “Hunting Is Safer Than Golf and Most Other Recreational Activities”

  1. Lsmithinvest

    This story about 6600 treestand accidents is un proven. I have shown the numbers printed by the CPSC to be false several times but they continue printing these false numbers. They are a govertment service and must show they are needed. Your writer is not helping the hunting industry by reporting these false numbers. If the numbers by the CPSC were correct, there would be 132 treestand accidents in each of the 50 states and this is accidents that send people to a hospital. The most treestand accidents reported by wildlife agencies last year was in the 30’s Mississippi, a big treestand state had 11, Alabama 14, Georgia, 24. These numbers are far from 132. Look at the states west of the Mississippi River where Treestands are not used as much. The reported figures are way off. We agree there are too many treestand accidents and most could be avoided if a full body safety harness were worn.

  2. JIM D

    The numbers you show look more realistic but they do not support the agenda. Since  they invented  politicians who can profit from and agenda when has the truth mattered???????

  3. Anonymous

    If I’m injured at tennis, I hurt my shoulder; if injured by a gun. I’m probably dead

  4. Javert

    Shooting sports is one of the safest past times available. Think about it. Just you, your weapon and the target. Only wankers get shot by accident but that is consistent with Darwin’s Theory. No wankers were injured in the preparation of this post.

  5. Alan Newman

    LynnTTTT,  You are so clever!  I’m sure you watch lots of TV. 

  6. Anonymous

    Their numbers for accidents do not say anything about treatment or hospitals being  involved…  To reach those levels, they had to include accidents with no injuries…