Over the last 30 years hunting accidents have drastically decreased, while the number of hunters has increased. Today, hunting is one of the safest outdoor activities you can enjoy.

Outdoor Activity

Number of Participants

Annual Injuries

Injuries per
100,000 Participants

Football

15,500,000

424,665

2,740

Basketball

28,200,000

716,182

2,540

Baseball

33,200,000

404,468

1,218

Bicycling

64,500,000

604,566

937

Water Skiing

7,400,000

16,182

219

Swimming

60,300,000

130,286

216

Fishing

45,700,000

78,393

172

Hunting

15,000,000

1,094

7

(These statistics were provided by the National Safety Council, Statistics Unit in Chicago for 1994-95. If you are interested in additional numbers, they can be contacted at 1-800-621-7615, extension 7307. The numbers for hunting are from 1995.

What makes hunting so safe?

  • Hunting Regulations: Hunter orange laws or laws restricting loaded firearms in vehicles
  • Hunter Education: Now required in 49 states and many provinces of Canada

( Alaska is currently considering mandatory Hunter Education )