Hunting safety tips

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By The Staff

With hunting season quickly approaching I would like to talk about hunter safety and give you some guidelines on how not to be a statistic. Hunters look forward to fellowshipping with their families and friends in the woods. I know this is a much anticipated moment for all hunters to camp in the woods, smell that pot of coffee brewing on the stove, listen to the camp fire crackling in the background and of course harvest that big buck. This is a time when hard work pays off by you scouting the woods, preparing food plots, cutting fire wood and getting the camp site ready. This is a time for this great sport to have long lasting memories but with carelessness this sport can become tragic in seconds.

To help protect our heritage by practicing the 10 commandments of gun safety:

1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

2. Guns should be unloaded when not actually in use.

4. Be sure of your target and what's beyond it.

5. Use correct ammunition.

6. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, HANDLE WITH CARE. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and get adult help.

7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.

8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.

9. Don't alter or modify your gun, and have your gun serviced regularly.

10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using. Do not use any firearm that you have not had adult instruction in handling.

I would like to remind all hunters that it is unlawful to hunt deer or to accompany another person hunting deer on public land unless each person is wearing a minimum of 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange. Such clothing must be worn above the waistline and can include a head covering.

This rule does not apply during archery season. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975 cannot purchase a hunting license without first successfully completing a hunter safety course.

Shooting hours for deer hunting is one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. You might want to carry a few things with you in the woods including a flashlight, matches, cellular phone, water, and please do not forget to wear your safety harness when climbing in your tree stand. I trust these guidelines and recommendations will be helpful and eliminate any hunting accidents.