Its count down to deer season in Itasca County. We will be awash with blaze orange and the hunters will be out in force. As much as we all enjoy deer season in Northern Minnesota, its never a bad idea to review some safety tips before heading out. At Edge of the Wilderness Realty, we want everyone to be safe in the forest. Rather then recreate a long list of tips, here's a great information sheet from the Forest Service:
Safety Tips for Hunters:
- Check the weather report before leaving
- Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will return
- Be familiar with the area you want to hunt
- Dress property and be prepared for the worst possible conditions
- Check hunting equipment before and after each outing and maintain it properly
- Carry a spare set of dry clothing. Use layering techniques to prevent moisture while retaining body warmth.
- Carry a first aid kit
- Clearly identify your target before shooting. Prevent unfortunate accidents or fatalities
- Put hunting plans in writing (dates, time, location, and expected time of return)
- Be alert when hunting near developed areas and trails. Other recreationists are in the forest as well.
- Avoid where white or tan during deer season. Always wear your hunter orange or another highly visible color even if you are not hunting but in the woods.
Hunting not your thing but you love being in the woods? Here are some safety tips for Non-Hunters
- Wear bright clothing. Make yourself more visible. Choose colors that stand out like red, orange or green and avoid whites, blacks, browns, earth-tone greens and animal-colors. Choose an orange vest and hat
- Don't forget to protect your dog. Get an orange vest for your dog if he/she accompanies you.
- Make noise. Whistle, sing, carry on a conversation as you walk to alert hunters to your presence. Sounds carries well across the area and hunters should be listening for any sound of animal movement so they will hear you.
- Be courteous! Once a hunter is aware of your presence, don't make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife. Avoid confrontations.
- Make yourself known. If you do hear shooting, raise your voice and let hunters know that you are in the vicinity.
- Know when hunting seasons are. Continue to hike, but learn about where and when hunting is taking place.
- Know your own comfort level. If hunting makes you uneasy, choose a hike in a location where hunting is not allowed such as a national park or state park.
Be safe! Good luck!