Zero may not have a reputation for being the ideal number, but the Pennsylvania Game Commission and hunters within the state would beg to differ. The state, known for its high number of licensed hunters — 930,000 last year, to be exact– has reported a record low number of human shooting fatalities for 2012: zero. The fall turkey hunting season and hunters participating in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program also saw no shooting incidents, as reported by John Hayes of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“Persistent hunter education courses and safety-related regulatory changes are largely responsible for influencing hunting culture and decreasing the number of shooting accidents in Pennsylvania, the state with the second highest hunting license sales after Texas. The Game Commission has good reason to crow.”

Photo by: Chris Steves

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.