- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York conservation officials report 19 accidental shootings last year involving hunters statewide, the lowest total on record.

Two of the shootings were fatal.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says total incidents were down from 23 the year before.

The average per 100,000 hunters the past five years has dropped more than 70 percent since the 1960s.

Last year, 14 accidental shootings were self-inflicted.



Hunters are required to take a free safety course to get a license in New York.

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