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2014 Michigan hunting seasons among safest on record

Associated Press

Lansing — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the state’s 2014 hunting seasons were among the safest on record, with 10 total incidents and no human deaths directly related to hunting.

The department says last year was the first on record without a human death directly related to hunting. It lists 10 “reportable hunting incidents” in 2014, equaling 2013’s total for the fewest on record.

There was one hunting death in 2013.

For incidents concerning small game hunters, two involved waterfowl hunters and four involved deer hunters.

Shellsea Lefebre, 12, died Sept. 21 when a rifle accidentally fired as she rode in a vehicle during a hunting trip on Drummond Island. The state says the death doesn’t meet its requirements for reporting as a hunting accident.