Hunting firearm injuries, North Carolina

Am J Public Health. 1988 Dec;78(12):1585-6. doi: 10.2105/ajph.78.12.1585.


To determine the percentage of unintentional firearm-related injuries associated with hunting and to identify risk factors, we conducted a retrospective, descriptive survey of all hunting firearm injuries identified by two North Carolina surveillance systems. Almost one-third of unintentional shooting deaths are hunting-related, and young hunters appear to be at greatest risk of injury. Safety instruction and wearing highly visible clothing should be encouraged; controlled studies should test the effectiveness of these preventive measures.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities*
  • Male
  • North Carolina
  • Wounds, Gunshot / epidemiology*