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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Aims To Keep Young Hunters Safe as Rifle Deer Season Begins Monday

Tips designed to avoid serious injuries

With rifle deer season beginning Monday, Nov. 26, Pennsylvania hunting season is in full swing and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is encouraging adults and young hunters to follow strict safety guidelines while in the woods.

More than 1 million hunters will take to the woods and game lands throughout the state this year. To prevent serious or even fatal injuries, all hunters, and especially children, need to keep safety first at all times.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2006 was the safest overall hunting year in the more than 90 years that records have been kept, but there still were some incidents involving young people. Two children under the age of 12 were injured in hunting-related accidents; two children between the ages of 12–15 were injured; and four people aged 16–20 were injured in 2006. The good news is that there were no fatalities involving those under 21. The Game Commission reports that most accidents occur during daylight hours, often because the victim is caught in the line of fire.

“Young hunters can reduce their risks by attending approved hunters’ safety courses, being accompanied by an adult and wearing bright orange clothing,” said Barbara Gaines, MD, director of the Benedum Pediatric Trauma Program at Children’s Hospital. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen terrible hunting-related accidents over the years that have included accidental shootings that are easily avoidable. Young hunters can avoid some of these injuries with appropriate preparation before their hunting trip and by following all of the safety tips they have learned.”

Children’s offers these safety tips:

  • Wear fluorescent orange clothing from head to toe. In Pennsylvania, hunters are required to wear 250 square inches of fluorescent orange clothing on the chest, head and back when hunting in the fall.
  • Check for ticks frequently, and check your entire body once a day.
  • Never assume you are alone in the woods.
  • Never hunt alone.
  • Never wave or make sounds to make another hunter aware of you — this movement may attract fire. Yell in a loud voice and stay hidden.

Learn more about hunting safety guidelines and injury prevention from Children’s Hospital.


Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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