Each year, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission publishes a report of accidents and fatalities that are hunting-related. The 2006-2007 report was made available in Feb. 2008.
As the report suggests, hunters are injured and/or die for a number of reasons, from careless handling of their firearms, to falls, to failure to wear a safety belt. Western North Carolina saw one fatality in 2006-2007, in McDowell County.
The report’s purpose “is to provide statistical information on the causes, frequency and location of serious hunting accidents,” which is then analyzed for the purpose of making hunting safer.
Click here to download a PDF file of the document.