Earlier this week, at least three hunters were found dead after the November 31 opening of deer season in Pennsylvania.
One victim, W. Kenneth Hoagland of Solebury Township, was found dead at the scene with a single wound in the chest from his own shotgun. According to local officials, Hoagland was currently unemployed, divorced, and living with his father. He was 49.
A second hunter, Dustin Manning of Pleasant Gap, died Monday of head injuries after falling from a tree stand. He was 38. Lastly, an unidentified hunter in Bedford County is believed to have died of natural causes.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, an additional five injuries were reported, including a 10-year-old girl and her father who were injured by an accidental gun discharge.
With hunting seasons underway all across the nation, it’s crucial for hunters to remember to make safety their number one priority. If you plan on venturing out this season, make sure that you’re familiar with your state’s rules and regulations. Additionally, make time to review safe hunting practices. Taking a hunting safety class for review would be ideal, however, I’ve also listed some additional online resources below that you can peruse for great tips and advice on both hunter and general outdoors safety.
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