Analysis and Implications of Alabama Hunting Accidents, 1976-1985

Alabama hunting accident data collected from 1976 to 1985 were examined to assess trends and establish causal relationships. Species hunted, geographic area, time of day, type of firearm, age of shooter, and hunter judgement were major factors associated with hunting accidents. Close correlations seemed evident between hunters < 18 years old without hunter education training and hunting accidents throughout the study period, while no correlation was evident for hunters < 18 years old who had hunter education training. Recommendations were made for future data collection and analysis of hunting accidents occurring in the Southeast. Also, special areas of emphasis were highlighted to be stressed in future hunter education courses based on identified relationships between accidents and analyzed factors.

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