The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 26, 2013

Hunter safety urged

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma hunters have been checking their trail cameras, climbing into their blinds and slinging arrows at deer since archery season began Oct. 1.

While avid hunters are eager to get out in the wild, there are several safety issues they should consider as hunting season ramps up, said Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist.

“Always wear a fall restraint harness when using an elevated stand,” he said. “This includes climbing into and out of the elevated stand as an estimated 75 percent of accidents occur when climbing into and out of stands.”

Before shooting, hunters should be sure their target is in full view with a clear backstop. Bird hunters are particularly at risk, as they tend to hunt in groups in dense cover for fast moving birds going in random directions.  

“Make sure you know where your entire hunting party is at all times, avoid shooting at lowbirds, and wear an orange hat as that may be the only part of you above tall cover,” said Elmore.