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Data shows 13-year-olds run highest risk of hunting accidents

More 13-year-olds — 10 since 2001 — were shot in hunting-related accidents than persons of any other age, a Tulsa World analysis found. That's more than two times as many hunting accidents than any other age group since 2001. Three of the 10 accidents were fatal. Experts site inexperience and immaturity as likely reasons for these accidents.   A new Oklahoma state law "reduced the age minimum for hunters seeking an apprentice designation. The minimum dropped from 16 years old to 10 years old and allows children with the designation to hunt with a certified and licensed adult prior to taking a hunter education course themselves."  Many believe direct supervision from a young age will improve overall safety for young hunters.

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