November 24, 2013
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt campaign reminds anyone planning a hunting trip during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.
“Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional times for family and friends to go hunting,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. “In the excitement of a holiday hunt, don’t overlook the safety aspects. Make it a part of your planning. Stress the importance of everyone being careful.”
“We recommend a full-body safety harness anytime you use a tree stand,” Casper said. “Maintain three points of contact when climbing up and down, and never carry anything as you climb.”
When hunting with a firearm, Casper advised:
Blaze orange that is visible from all sides must be worn when hunting bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm. Hunters are also required to wear blaze orange while hunting with a bow on Sunday during the muzzleloader or gun season.