State governments often place limits on the types of game that may be hunted. For example, to limit the averse affects that hunting can have on deer population, hunters may only be allowed to shoot adult male deer. Such regulations can help protect the deer population, and as Michael Conlin (Michigan State), Stacy Dickert-Conlin (Michigan State), and John Pepper (Virginia) show in a recent working paper, they can also impact hunter safety.
Why is this? Because the regulations require the a hunter excercise more caution when pulling the trigger, to make sure that he is about to shoot a buck, rather than a doe. This added caution also makes it less likely that someone mistakes his hunting buddy for a deer.
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