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Tips for a safe hunting season

Old 12-02-2019, 07:37 AM
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Default Tips for a safe hunting season

Fall is a nice time of year in the Midwest. Fall sports are back, trees change colors, and if it was a hot summer, the cooler temperatures feel nice. Itís also the time of year when hunters begin venturing into the woods.

According to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, more than 87 million Americans hunt, fish, and enjoy wildlife-related recreation annually. Combined, these activities generate more than $120 billion for the U.S. economy and support almost three million jobs.

Whether youíre a gun collector, sport-shooting enthusiast, or hunter, here are some safety tips to keep yourself and others safe.

1. Communication is key.

Whether or not you own a gun, talking to your kids about gun safety is an important discussion. You never know what they may find at a friendís house.
If youíre hunting with family or friends, discuss the layout of the land and have a thorough understanding of where each person will be.
If youíre venturing into the woods, tell family or friends where youíre going and when youíll be home.
If visiting your local gun range, understand their rules and abide by them.

2. Store guns and ammunition in separate locked cabinets. Too often, we hear about accidental shootings. What you think is a good hiding spot probably isnít. Kids are inquisitive and can find things youíd least expect them to find. Store the keys for your gun cabinets in a safe place. Labeling keys for a gun cabinet and leaving them in a common area of your home defeats the purpose of locked cabinets. Consider trigger locks.

3. Wear the appropriate clothing or gear. No matter what hobby you enjoy, wearing the appropriate clothing or gear is important. When shooting, wear eye and ear protection. If you enjoy walking in the woods, make sure you wear bright clothing to make yourself more visible. If youíre hunting from a tree stand, consider a safety harness.

Maintain your gear/hunting equipment properly by inspecting it after each use. If it needs repair, contact a professional.

4. Pack a first aid kit. Create a small kit specifically for you. My dad is allergic to bee stings, so he carried an EpiPenģ when he hunted. If you suffer from an occasional migraine and have prescription medicine, pack that, as well.

5. Be aware of your surroundings. Identify where other hunters are and know what your target is before shooting. Find out where local medical services are located.

6. Ask permission. Just because you live near the woods doesnít mean you can hunt in the woods. Always ask permission from landowners before hunting on their land since it can create many liability exposures for them. If you talk to the landowner beforehand, he/she can keep track of whoís hunting on the land and share any safety tips specific to the property. The last thing you want is a heated confrontation in the woods.

7. Contact your local DNR. Many states require hunter safety courses. Itís required in Wisconsin if you were born on or after January 1, 1973. DNR websites also share

Safety tips;
Hunting opportunities;
Volunteer opportunities; and
Places to hunt.

Illinois DNR

Indiana DNR

Iowa DNR

Minnesota DNR

Wisconsin DNR

Do you have any tips youíd like to share? Iíd love to hear your thoughts; please share them in the box below.
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Old 12-02-2019, 12:03 PM
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Purchase your own piece of land, post the crap out of it, Allow nobody else to enter said land, sit back and enjoy your peace and quiet ! as for personal safety why not just try some common scense
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