I will hold much talk till I see the real report in a few weeks
you realize if one 11 year old who was not shot by himself but by a person in his party at little to no fault of his own (the kid) the adult is definitely at fault.
that make likely a 50% or greater increase in youth hunting deaths.
if they start calling 18-24 year olds kids I call BS , that is just a dangerous age all around but they are adults.
right now this is the official report , it doesn't include this weeks ND.https://widnr.widen.net/s/fz29sg7r6j/2022_hunting_incident_synopsis
there was 2 youth victims and zero youth shooters in 2021
but when the numbers are so small 12 incidents in 2021 none fatal
just 4 incidents recorded in 2022 , there will be some more by the end of the week but the year may have fewer than normal incidents
the most common incident is a pellet strike from bird hunters
we had a fatal , self inflicted gunshot in door county in 2020 the shooter also the victim was a retired cop so any level of training can have issues.
considering around 650,000 people were out this last weekend it is quite safe , it would seem safer than driving to your hunting camp.
do not under any circumstance allow bad muzzle control , or people saying oh it's empty , that is how this type of stuff happens
I told the young hunter I was mentoring this year , it is never empty and while you are 100% responsible for where your muzzle goes you also need to pay attention to other people muzzles don't walk in front of them.
when you practiced in hunters ed you had a controlled area a safe direction and all were using one safe direction , in real life you end up with a bunch of people standing around talking holding guns if you need to back away you do that , if you need a safe direction to load up when you get out of a truck you go make one by walking away from the group.