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    Virginia hunting deaths up in 2008-09

    The Associated Press
    © January 8, 2009

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    It has been a deadly season for hunters in Virginia.

    According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the state recorded nine hunting deaths since the start of the fiscal year in 2008. That's the most since the 1994-95 season when 12 hunters were killed. There were two in 2007-08.

    The 2008-09 deaths are through Saturday, which marked the close of the general firearms season for deer.

    Department spokeswoman Julia Dixon said five of the nine death were self-inflicted. She said a consistent theme in those deaths involved the movement of firearms — through woods, for example. A weapon's safety should be on until a hunter is prepared to shoot.

    The hunting toll did not include the drowning of two duck hunters in late December.

    Link: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/01/virg...-deaths-200809
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    Thundar wrote:
    Virginia hunting deaths up in 2008-09

    2 words - muzzle control
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    Yeah, that's just a massive epidemic. :?

    But yeah, muzzle control would be a good start. Keeping the safety on until you are ready to use the firearm isn't a bad idea either.

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    while "self inflicted" are bad, there were really only 3 deaths that involved another person dying.

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    Very sad to see those kinds of statistics. Loaded, with safety off is not a good way to go hunting.
    He wore his gun outside his pants for all the honest world to see. Pancho & Lefty

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    Along the same topic, anyone have a recommendation of a good hunting message forum? I haven't been since I was a kid and am getting back into it.

    edit to add - I've already reviewed all the state/county laws I can find. Just looking for a good message board to explain a few details.

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