With another hunting season quickly coming to an end, here's an FYI for all those save-the-world souls who believe that guns are evil and hunting is dangerous. Data shows that hunting with firearms ranks third in safety when compared to 28 other recreational pursuits, ranging from baseball to wrestling, a safety level bettered only by camping and billiards. To put things into perspective, compared to hunting a person is: 11 times more likely to be injured playing volleyball; 19 times more likely than snowboarding; 25 times more likely for injuries with bicycle riding, and 105 time more likely to be injured than cheerleading of playing football (source, Consumer Products Safety Commission and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
As I reflect back on days spent in the field with my children and grandchildren, a certain sadness comes over me this time of year. Yes, I have to wait another nine months for a new hunting season to begin, but my heart truly aches for those who, for whatever reason, will never experience the magic I have experienced this year with my family while participating in the original "extreme sport" - hunting.