Hunting accidents such as Vice President Dick Cheney’s shooting a fellow hunter on Saturday in Texas are rare, say Texas Parks and Wildlife Department records quoted by the Houston Chronicle. In 2004, Texas’ 1 million-plus hunters were involved in 29 hunting-related accidents, four of which were fatal. Cheney accidentally shot Austin lawyer Harry Whittington in the cheek, neck, and chest after Whittington went to look in tall grass for a bird he had shot.
In Texas, shotgunners tend to be involved in the most hunting accidents – 19 of the 29, or 65 percent, in 2004. Dove hunting resulted in more accidents than quail hunting this past year by more than a 3-to-1 margin. “The media may want to turn this (incident with Vice President Cheney) into something, but the fact remains that hunting is an extremely safe sport,” said Slaton White, editor of SHOT Business magazine and a lifelong hunter.