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DEC calls 2016 'safest year for New York hunters' despite Jamestown hunter's death

The 13 hunting-related shooting incidents across New York State last year were the lowest since records started being kept in 1958, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported.

But four of them proved fatal, including one in late November in Chautauqua County where a 50-year-old Jamestown man accidentally shot himself in the chest.

The four deaths followed a year when no hunting deaths were recorded statewide.

"While hunting is safer than ever, accidents still happen," said Basil Seggos, DEC commissioner.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation's 2016 hunting safety statistics showed the year was the "safest" for hunting in New York State. (NYS DEC)

DEC officials said that of the 13 hunting-related shootings last year, seven were self-inflicted.

A self-inflicted wound is what took the life of Thomas Carlson of Jamestown on Nov. 28.

The DEC reported Carlson shot himself at the base of his tree stand. He was found by family members near Orr Street and Garfield Road in the town of Busti.

It was the sole hunting-related accident involving a firearm, bow or crossbow in the eight county Western New York region, according to DEC statistics.

Carlson's death came one day after after a Rochester woman died in Livingston County after being shot by a member of her hunting party.

Other incidents were reported in Lewis, Clinton, Fulton, Ontario, Otsego, Oneida, Schuyler, Albany, Oswego, Columbia and Chenango counties.

Here's a full list with details of each incident, according to DEC statistics:




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