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5 Safety Tips for Deer Season

Always take the extra minute to tell a friend or loved one where you'll be hunting in case an emergency should happen. (Photo courtesy of Howard Communications)
Always take the extra minute to tell a friend or loved one where you'll be hunting in case an emergency should happen. (Photo courtesy of Howard Communications)

Overlook these precautions, and your deer hunting could come to an early and unexpected end

Some hunters are anal about safety, while others are complacent or even tolerant of rules being bent and/or broken. This reminds me of a visit to the local firing range prior to Wisconsin’s 2011 firearms deer season.

A father was watching over his son’s shoulder as he shot several rounds. Suddenly, the boy looked back at his father and pointed the muzzle right down the bench toward other shooters, including me. The father corrected his son but passed off the mistake with laughter. If that were my kid, I wouldn’t have allowed him to hunt that season after a mistake like that. Being careless with the muzzle is no joke. It goes back to the most basic principle we all learn during hunter education: always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

Safety precautions don’t end there. Let’s review five important steps you and your loved ones can take to make the woods safer this fall and those to come. After all, there isn’t a buck in the world worth risking a human life over. Period.

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