SPRINGVILLE — The regular firearm deer hunting season opens this week, on Nov. 16, and with that, New Yorkers will see an increase of hunters heading out to the woods and parks, looking for the best spots to find wild game.
New York State Troop A Commander Major Michael Cerretto said, “Every year, the news is full of hunting accidents. To prevent or decrease these accidents from happening, hunters need to use common sense. They should review New York’s hunting regulations and follow basic safety principles.”
He advised hunters to do the following:
– Wear bright orange hunting clothing, so you will be visible to other hunters.
– Let your family and friends know when and where you are hunting and what time you should be expected back.
– Check your equipment, especially tree stands, for functionality. Make sure your stand, whether built or store-bought, is sturdy and strong, and wear a safety belt.
– Be aware of your location, carry a compass, flashlight and cellphone, in the event you become lost. It is also important to know your surroundings, to avoid trespassing on other adjacent properties.
– Carry your hunting license and remember to display your hunting tag.
– Treat every gun as if it is loaded. Be sure to always point the muzzle away from people.
– Keep your finger off the trigger, until you are ready to shoot.
– Make sure the safety is always on and that the barrel is pointing down, when you are walking with or transporting your gun.
– Make sure that you are certain of your target, before you take your shot; ensure that you are shooting at a deer or bear, and not a human. Don’t forget to look well beyond your target; high-powered ammunition can travel up to a mile.
“Following these simple guidelines will ensure that all hunters have a safe and enjoyable hunting experience,” said Cerretto.
Anyone who sees a violation can make a report by calling the Department of Environmental Conservation’s 24 hour tip line at 1-800-TIPP-DEC.
Hunting regulations can be found on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html.