NYS Senator John J. Bonacic urges hunters in the Hudson Valley and Catskills to follow all safety rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable hunt. It is critically important that hunters use common sense and remember what they were taught in their NYS Department of Conservation (DEC) hunters education course.
While statistics show that hunting in New York State is safer than ever, hunters make mistakes every year. However, every hunting-related shooting incident is preventable.
The DEC’s hunting rules include: Assume every gun is loaded. Control the muzzle and point the gun in a safe direction. Keep fingers off the trigger until ready to shoot, and be sure of the target and beyond.
The DEC encourages hunters to wear blaze orange or pink. Wearing orange or pink prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal, or shooting in that direction. Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot.
When hunting in tree stands use a safety harness and a climbing belt, as most tree stand accidents occur when hunters are climbing in and out of the stand. Also, never climb in or out of a tree stand with a loaded rifle. Always be prepared for winter conditions when venturing in the woods, pack emergency supplies and hunters should inform a friend or relative of their whereabouts.
For more information on these and other important hunting safety tips, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov.