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Iowa hunting safety continues to improveThursday, March 7, 2013

Category:Outdoor and Recreation

Hunter safety in Iowa has been top notch as, with the exception of a few minor incidents, hunters continued to improve on safety. The 2012 hunter safety incident report showed that there were no firearm-related deaths, only 13 injuries and six cases of property damage in 2012.

However, safety advocates say there is always more that can be done, as Iowa should strive for no incidents whatsoever. 

"A lot of the incidents still involve target fixation,"  Megan Wisecup, safety education coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources, told Omaha NBC affiliate WOWT. "Basically the shooter gets focused on the game and tends to forget about surroundings…and what lies beyond the target."

The state has been making strides in hunter safety, reporting only six fatalities in the past 10 years, down from 13 from the mid 1960's to the mid 1970's.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be holding meetings across the state in order to gauge the public opinion on new hunting rules that were announced. The DNR hopes to increase the conversation of hunting safety through the meetings, getting constituents to talk about what went right, what didn't go right and what changes should be made. 

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