- Associated Press - Thursday, March 31, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State officials say New York state got through the 2015 hunting season without a shooting fatality, the first time that has happened since the 1950s.

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that there were 23 hunting incidents during the season, one fewer than the 2014 season and the third-lowest number on record.

DEC officials say the 2015 total included 10 self-inflicted injuries and 13 incidents involving hunters injuring others. That total is down from the 40 hunters who were injured in shooting incidents in 2010.

The 2015 season was the first without a hunting-related shooting fatality in New York since the state began keeping records of the incidents starting in the mid-1950s.

DEC officials credit the agency’s hunter safety education safety programs with helping reduce the number of accidental shootings.

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