Safety First

Study finds turkey hunting to be most dangerous

Outdoor Life Online Editor

The hunter accidentally struck by a high-powered rifle during deer season is almost always a headline story. But the outdoorsman peppered by shot during turkey season doesn't seem as dramatic or common. A study published in The Journal of Trauma, disproves that notion. Turkey hunters, in fact, are at the highest risk for hunting-related accidents.

Over a 12-year period the study followed the hunting seasons for six types of game. The reason stated in the report for the higher rate of accidents is that turkey hunters often remain stationary and fully camouflaged while using a call. Some hunters decide to stalk the sounds of the call and shoot the hunters.

Other notables in the report: grouse hunters are the safest and deer hunters are most likely to die as a result of an accident.