December 1, 2017




New York is a safe hunting state, says DEC commissioner

ALBANY – New York has an “exceedingly safe hunting community,” state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says.

With three weeks left in the big game hunting season, the commissioner said the statistics are “staggering” when you look at the last 50 to 60 years.

“If you look at the number of hunting-related incidents of every year, from the 1960s to the 2000s, a very precipitous drop from an average of about 137 incidents per year down to 26 or less in recent years,” Seggos said.

So far this year, there have been seven incidents compared with 13 last year. But, even one incident is too many, Seggos noted. “Hunting incidents are preventable.”

Hours after he announced the hunting accident statistics, Seggos said the man who shot and killed a woman walking her dog in a field behind her Sherman home last week has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury.

Thomas Jadlowski, 34, of Sherman, opened fire on November 22 on what he thought was a deer but turned out to be his neighbor, Rosemary Billquist, 43, of Sherman.  He was charged in a two-count indictment of manslaughter and hunting after legal hours.

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