BATAVIA, N.Y. - Deer hunting season has begun, and hunters will be hiking into the woods across New York.
The New York State Police and Department of Environmental Conservation are reminding hunters to use basic hunter safety principles now that opening day of firearms hunting began on Saturday, Nov. 17
Some of those include:
The New York State Police and Department of Environmental Conservation are reminding hunters to use basic hunter safety principles. Pictured from left to right are New York State Police Lt. David Atkins, New York State Police Major Christopher L. Cummings and Department of Environmental Conservation Captain Frank Lauricella.
1. Treat every gun as if it is loaded. Be sure to always point the muzzle in a safe direction, away from people.
2. Keep fingers off the trigger until ready to shoot. Be sure of the target and be aware of what lies beyond.
1. Wear bright orange hunting clothing in order to be visible to other hunters.
2. Let family and friends know when and where hunting will take place and an estimated time of return.
3. Check equipment, especially tree stands, for functionality. Make sure the stand, whether store bought or built, is strong and sturdy.
4. Be aware of the location. Carry a compass, flashlight and cell phone in the event of becoming lost. It is also important to know the surroundings to avoid trespassing on other adjacent properties.
5. Carry a hunting license and remember to display hunting tag.
Hunting is a fantastic and fun outdoor activity. It is a great way to get exercise and spend time with family and friends. Following these simple tips can increase the chance of a fun and successful hunting experience.
"It is each hunter's responsibility to maintain the reputation and integrity of hunting as a safe and enjoyable sport," Troop A Commander, Major Christopher L. Cummings said.