Hunting Safety in the Woods

Several states in our region, including West Virginia, will soon start their firearms season for deer. Boy, I've seen some great racks brought in to local processing shops even during the current archery season, some with unbelievable antler growth.

With the West Virginia Deer season scheduled to begin soon, I thought I would give some hunting safety tips.

First of all, there isn't any doubt that the most important thing to remember is to make sure that what you are aiming at isn't another human. That's why I like to take a pair of binoculars into the woods, so I don't have to scope possible game with my gun.

Another very important thing to remember is to let someone know where you are hunting, just in case. They make some great two-way radios now that can keep you in touch with others in the woods or back at camp. If your cell phone has service in your woods, that's even better.

Make sure you take a small first aid kit with you in the woods. Yours truly has reached into a deer cavity after a bow harvest, only to slice my hand on a broad head that broke off in the deer.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to take along two pairs of disposal gloves for use in field dressing your deer.

Finally, you know how excited you or other hunters get when they harvest a deer, so make sure you unload the gun before you attempt to field dress the deer.

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