LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - For the first time ever, Arkansas is hosting an International Hunting Incident Investigation Academy with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC).
Conservation officers are here in The Natural State from 17 other states. This academy is designed to train wildlife officers on how to properly investigate hunting related shooting incidents and document the facts.
Our news crew tagged along Thursday to get a look at how the officers responded to some mock hunting accidents.
"It's great for the outdoors because we can ID the accidents and how they happen by recreating in this school. That's going to help us in forecasting out safety precautions the state should be implementing whether that is continuing blaze orange or a type of gun used to hunt wildlife," explains Major Jason Parker, Arkansas Game & Fish.
AGFC officials say that with recent hunting accidents in Arkansas over the last few months, this type of training will help officers better investigate and understand how and why they happen. It also helps the AGFC educate hunters on safety throughout the state.