DNR deer biologist Andrew Norton says it’s important for hunters to make sure they can be seen by others.
“The most important thing is obviously trying to cover up with a lot of orange, real solid orange so you are not breaking up your outline,” Norton says. He be sure to review your hunting plan to keep everyone safe.
“Just being really cognizant of where you are shooting. Making sure you are taking a safe, ethical shot at a deer. Just always remembering that a deer is certainly not worth putting someone’s life at risk, so just trying to keep that in mind while you are out there,” Norton says.
Here are some other hunting tips from the DNR:
Treat every firearm as if it were loaded
Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
Be sure of the target and what is beyond it
Keep finger off the trigger until ready to fire
Keep the barrel clear and choose the proper ammunition.
Winter Weather Factors
Unload the firearm and open the action when crossing obstacles – if snow and ice is on the ground, the risk of slipping or falling dramatically increases
Visibility – put the hunt on hold if visibility is poor due to fog and/or snowy conditions
Bundled up – keeping your finger off the trigger and muzzle control are both extremely important as bulky coats and gloves increases chances of an accidental discharge
Photo courtesy of the DNR