Sasser’s Luke, left, and Alex Smith take shots at doves during a recent hunting trip to Argentina.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The state says last year was the safest on record for hunters in Michigan, with three killed and another 11 hurt by firearms.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment on Wednesday credited hunter education and the requirement that most hunters wear orange for the number. State records go back to 1940, and the previous low was 19 in 2009.
The state says a major factor in the deaths was careless gun handling. They included deaths of a turkey hunter in Missaukee County, a squirrel hunter in Lenawee County and a deer hunter in Allegan County.
The injuries were attributed to careless gun handling or the wounded hunter being out of sight of the shooter.
Michigan's Hunter Education Program certified more than 23,000 people in 2010.