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According to the International Hunter Education Association, nearly 1,000 people in the U.S. and Canada are accidentally shot yearly by hunters, and just under a hundred of those accidents are fatal.  Most victims are hunters but some victims are non-hunters.

 

With the start of hunting season being this Saturday, November 12, we wanted to provide hunters and even non-hunters with some safety tips to keep in mind during this firearm season.

 

“The Hunters”

 

Content provided by mdc.mo.gov

  • You must wear bright orange hunting gear- it is required by law!
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Let your family/friends know when you are going hunting, where and for how long
  • Avoid hunting alone
  • Use your own tree stand and make sure it is installed and/or built safely
  • Always wear a harness if you are hunting out of a tree stand
  • Treat every gun as if it is loaded
    • Do not run with a loaded gun
    • Do not drink alcohol or take drugs before handling a firearm
  • Do not pull the trigger unless you are completely sure that it is a deer you are shooting at
  • Take care of your hunting equipment before, during, and even after the hunt
  • Keep emergency signal devices (cell phone, walkie-talkie, etc.)  with you at all times

 

Ready for the hunt??  Print off this great Deer Hunter’s Pre-Season Checklist!

 

Also, check out this informative shooting safety video: http://ihea.com/_assets/videos/USA_Video_Player.swf

 

“The Non-Hunters”

 

Even if you are not hunting, it is still important that you take proper precautions to protect yourself from being mistaken as a deer.

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Let friends/family know where you are going and when you plan to be back
  • Make yourself visible- Do not go out in the woods during fire-arm season without wearing some type of hunter orange clothing
  • Do not wander in a wooded area alone before sunrise or during sunset
  • Stick to protected lands where hunting is prohibited BUT please beware sometimes people hunt where they are not supposed to
  • Sometimes it is best just to stay home during hunting season, especially during opening weekend.
    • We understand other outdoor activities such as running, hiking and biking are fun but sometimes it is best to avoid wooded areas when there may be hunters with loaded firearms!

 

Hunting season dates:

  • Deer – Archery  

     

    • 09/15/2011 – 11/11/2011
    • 11/23/2011 – 01/15/2012   

       

  • Deer – Firearms Antlerless Portion  

     

    • 11/23/2011 – 12/04/2011  

       

  • Deer – Firearms Muzzleloader Portion  

     

    • 12/17/2011 – 12/27/2011  

       

  • Deer – Firearms November Portion  

     

    • 11/12/2011 – 11/22/2011  

       

  • Deer – Firearms Youth Portion  

     

    • 11/05/2011 – 11/06/2011
    • 01/07/2012 – 01/08/2012


Sources:

http://animalrights.about.com/od/wildlife/f/HuntingAccident.htm

http://animalrights.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=animalrights&cdn=newsissues&tm=284&gps=378_410_1138_750&f=00&tt=12&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.ihea.com/news-and-events/incident-reports/index.php

http://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-offers-deer-hunting-safety-tips

http://www.outdoorcentral.com/2008/11/05/deer-hunting-safety-tips-for-season-openers/

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