The department says 2012 was the safest year ever for Vermont hunters with no hunting-related shootings. So far 2013 has also been accident-free.
Among the most common causes of accidental shootings are hunters moving into the line of fire of other hunters or mistaking hunters for game. Both of those causes involve visibility, underscoring the need for hunters to be seen.
The issue is especially important during the November rifle season and the December muzzleloader hunting seasons, but also during rabbit and hare hunting and bird seasons.