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.”
- Go back to basics — review hunter education training and equipment instructions.
- Know the rules — read all applicable regulations before going afield.
- Inspect all equipment — repair or replace equipment, especially tree stands, before use.
“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:
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- Be certain of your target and what is beyond.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
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.