Saturday, October 3, deer hunting seasons in Oregon opened. Last year, more than 150,000 hunters combined to participate in western and eastern Oregon deer hunting seasons.
With major hunting seasons opening this month, it’s a good time to remind hunters to exercise safe hunting practices. The following hunting safety tips are provided courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW):
- Be sure of your target — what is in front of it and beyond it.
- Control the muzzle of your firearm at all times.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
- Wear blaze orange. Deer and elk won’t see the color but other people will.
- Wear blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing. This way, hunters will be able to see you. Avoid wearing earth-tones.
- Make noise, and make your presence known. Talk, sing, whistle or shout to other hunters that know you are in the area.
- Be aware of hunting seasons and when hunters could be in the woods.
ODFW also reminds hunters that last year one person was killed and three were injured in four separate hunting-related incidents in Oregon. Make sure you’re reducing the risk to yourself and to others by practicing safe hunting techniques.
For more resources on hunting and hunting safety, see our “Hunting News” category, or check out some of the articles listed below.