Deer season increases the need for outdoor awareness
Nov. 12—With gun deer season underway, nature lovers are reminded of the importance of visibility, and hunters are advised to make sure they are certain of what they are seeing before aiming.
Foresters with the Missouri Department of Conservation suggest non-hunters stick to state parks where hunting is prohibited when enjoying the outdoors for the next few weeks. Hunters must also be careful not to find themselves or others in the line of fire.
“The first thing I always recommend before you go hunting is that it’s always best to leave your plan to someone about where you’re going to hunt and how long you plan to be out,” Parker Rice said, a Buchanan County conservation officer. “Besides having a hunter’s orange vest and proper headgear, it still comes down to following universal gun safety rules. If you don’t want to have a hunting accident, treat all guns with fire as if loaded. the trigger until you have identified your target until you are ready to fire.”
Along with the many safety rules hunters are expected to follow, Rice also said non-hunters should follow the guidelines to ensure their safety.
“Make sure you know the hunting regulations in your area,” he said. “If you’re going to a conservation area…to hike, you definitely have to wear hunter orange. Our areas are multi-use areas but…there will be areas that will allow deer hunting.”
Experts say the best option is to exercise outdoors in an open park rather than picking spots where people will be aiming to harvest deer this season.
Although deer hunting is one of the safest types of hunting, the Department of Conservation encourages everyone to work together to avoid potentially fatal accidents.
Deer hunting gun season will last 10 days and end Nov. 22, but Rice said people should be aware that other methods of deer hunting will continue through the winter.
For more information on local conservation areas that allow hunting and areas that do not, visit mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places.
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