It is the season for deer hunting in Mississippi as more than 1 1/2 million deer hunters have hit the woods. The season for deer hunting with guns is just over a week old and already there have been three hunting accidents, one of them fatal.
Last weekend there were two incidents. A woman was fatally shot in the head in Neshoba County. In Hinds County, a gun accidentally discharged shooting a man in the shoulder and the bullet fragments hit the man's daughter. Both were treated and released from a local hospital.
Sunday, a woman in Jasper County shot herself in the foot causing her to lose two toes.
"Hunting is a wonderful privilege hat we have but it also can be dangerous. If you don't know the rules and regulations and don't know the way of safe firearm handling, how to use a fire arm safely, it can be a very dangerous sport. It could cost you your life," said Lt. Randy Newell of the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
All of the victims of these hunting accidents failed to get a hunting license. To get a license, hunters must complete a hunters' safety course.
The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks offers the comprehensive safety courses. Wildlife officials say even experienced firearms enthusiasts will learn from these courses. They say what is learned can save lives. The 10-hour classes are offered three times a year in all 82 counties.
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