September saw 4 firearm-related hunting accidents in Minnesota, including one fatality — the highest September figure since 2013 — prompting the Minnesota DNR to hold a conference call with the media to get the word out about firearm safety as the pheasant hunting season opens tomorrow. Between 2013 and 2017, there have been an average of about 10 firearms-related hunting accidents each year.
Captain Jon Paurus is the DNR’s Enforcement Education Program Coordinator.
Paurus noted that the Blaze Orange law has reduced the number of firearm accidents for hunters, as has safety improvements in firearms themselves by gun manufacturers. Paurus advised all hunters to carry a survival and first aid kit with them, and seek help right away if an accident occurs. Minnesota, he noted, is in the top 5 in the nation in numbers of students certified through a firearm safety program.