2011 Hunting Accidents Up in Nebraska

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The number of hunting accidents in Nebraska jumped back up in 2011 to levels seen in 2009, 2008 and 2007.

A Nebraska Games and Parks Commission report says there were 12 hunting accidents in 2011, including two deaths. That's up from 2010, when there were only eight accidents, including one death.

The report says all but one of the accidents last year involved the discharge of a firearm. In October, a 38-year-old man died after investigators believe he stumbled in brush and shot himself in the head while duck hunting in Dodge County. In November, a 69-year-old deer hunter was fatally shot in Thayer County by his 72-year-old hunting companion, who thought he was shooting at a deer.

The non-firearm accident involved a hunter falling from a tree stand.

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