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Game and Parks Has Safety Reminders for Deer Hunters

LINCOLN – With the November firearm deer season nearing, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has several reminders for keeping hunters safe.

Deer hunters should:

– wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange on his or her head, chest and back. This is required for any person hunting deer during the Nov. 16-24 firearm deer season, including archers.

– never allow the muzzle of their firearm to be pointed at something they do not intend to shoot.

– know their target and what lies beyond that target.

– know their effective range and only place shots at vital organs.

– always use a full-body harness when hunting from a tree stand. In addition, they should be sure the equipment is in good condition, avoid hunting from heights greater than 15 feet, maintain a short tether to the tree, use a haul line to raise and lower equipment, and always stay attached to the tree when climbing up to and down from the stand.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.