On my first dove hunt as a kid I carried a now-rare 16-gauge shotgun. A double-barrel. It kicked like the proverbial mule. Maybe it was the lack of not only a recoil pad, but any butt plate at all. Maybe it was that pocket full of paper shells I was handed was a bit much for either doves or …


In 1987, the last year before mandatory hunter education, Texas recorded 81 hunting accidents, 12 of which were fatal. In 2018, the last year for which numbers are available, the state had 17 total hunting accidents. It is difficult to say, but fortunately only three of those were fatal.