By the Numbers: Hunting in NH Has Gotten Safer
In the 1960s the average number of hunting-related incidents in New Hampshire was 21.4 incidents per year. Since then that figure has dropped to 3.4 incidents per year.
Fish and Game Officials attribute the decline to the effectiveness on hunter education programs and the increase in the number of people wearing blaze orange clothing during hunter season.
"Wearing blaze orange has definitely been shown to decrease hunting incidents across the country," said Josh Mackay, who coordinates the Hunter Education Program at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.