Hunting is a very physical demanding activity and can be dangerous, but how dangerous is it? According to Interstate Sportsman, hunting is relatively safe considering all of the elements it incorporates. I agree with this source because although I have hunted a lot I have never had a serious accident. While hunting you have a weapon which can vary from a rifle to a bow which is very deadly. You are typically away from any civilization and are all alone and walking through dense brush and perilous terrain. Most accidents hunting have a firearm involved which is a scary thing to hear but not all end in death. Over years of production guns have evolved to safe machines that only in the right conditions will fire, but even then when you're walking through thick brush, a stick can grab it and the gun will fire. The best way to avoid an accident like this is to always have your barrel pointed in a safe direction, so even if it does go off it won't injure anybody.
Hunting has all of the ingredients to be dangerous and not even worth doing, but people still go out every year. About 12 to 15% of all fatal encounters with a gun are when hunting is involved, that might not sound like a lot but that is about 90 people a year. In order to hunt legally, you have to have a hunting license and to get that you need to complete a hunters safety course. “Ironically, hunting accidents are one of the few categories of fatal accidents that have been in decline over the past two decades.” This is encouraging to see as a hunter because it shows that new technology and knowledge is making this sport safer. Hunter safety courses are spread out over a period of time and tend to be before hunting seasons. This change in hunting accidents allow the youth to get out and enjoy the outdoors without worrying about getting hurt.
Hunting is a great activity, and I encourage anyone to do it, there's something about being out in the woods where little or no people go and viewing an animal its natural habitat, there is nothing else like. The ability to go out and see something nobody else has ever seen before is a awesome experience and part of the reason people do it. Today you can get gear that is safe and reliable for a good deal, but even with the safest gear anything can happen. While hunting you have to make safe decisions and think ahead because it only takes a split second for something horrible to happen. I enjoy hunting so much and wouldn't know what to do without.