New York's Safest Year For Hunting Saw 2 North Country Deaths
The state says the 2011 hunting season tied 2009 for New York's safest year of hunting on record based on the number of hunting-related shooting incidents.
All of the fatalities occurred during the regular deer season, one of which was self-inflicted.
There were at least two fatal hunting accidents in the north country.
In October, 55 year old Arnold Camidge of Deer River was shot in the pelvic area with a .270-caliber bullet and died from extreme bleeding.
A Carthage man, 19 year old Travis Shampine, was charged with second-degree manslaughter for the shooting. He reportedly told police he shot at what he thought was a deer.
In December, 49 year old Paul Hatch of Russell died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
Police arrested Hatch's hunting buddy, 20 year old Tyler Soper of Edwards.
He's charged with second-degree manslaughter.
The number of hunters in New York is declining, but the hunting incident rate (incidents per 100,000 hunters) is falling at a much faster rate.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Watertown, NY
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