Cool temps and frosty mornings signal the start of winter and the long-held ritual of deer hunting in our area. With the deer opener starting this weekend in North Dakota and Minnesota, here are a few safety tips to consider before you head outdoors.
· Don't rely on your guns safety. Treat all firearms as if they're loaded and ready to fire.
· Never cross a fence, climb a tree/stand or jump a ditch with a loaded gun.
· Wear hunter orange so you can be seen.
· Don't forget about your canine friends. Get an orange vest for your dog if he/she accompanies you.
· Don't shoot unless absolutely sure of your target and what is beyond it.
· Be courteous. Once a hunter is aware of your presence, don't make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife.
· Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting.
· Carry a spare set of dry clothing. Use layering techniques to prevent moisture while retaining body warmth. Always bring rain gear. Dress appropriately and be prepared for the worst possible weather conditions.
· Carry a first-aid kit.
· Tell someone where you're going and when you plan to return.
Not a hunter? Be conscious of your clothing choices so to not blend into the surroundings. Also, make noise! Whistle, sing or carry on a conversation as you walk to alert hunters to your presence.
For more information on North Dakota hunting visit: https://gf.nd.gov/hunting/deer
In Minnesota, visit: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/deer/index.html
Have fun hunters and good luck!
North Dakota Local and Technical Assistance Program.
US Forest Service