A friendly reminder as we enter the last weekend of the deer firearm season…
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hunter education coordinator Mike Streeter reminds hunters to keep the gun under control, know the target and its background, obtain the landowner’s permission, and wear blaze orange.
“Hunting in Nebraska is extremely safe,” Streeter says. “I mean it’s safer, based on the injury rate per thousand people, than any of the sports I can think of.”
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has six tips for safety for hunters:
1. Practice muzzle control.
2. Know what you are shooting and what is behind it. Do not shoot at sound or movement.
3. Wear blaze orange. State law requires hunters wear 400 square inches.
4. Obtain permission to hunt from the landowner.
5. Know how your gun shoots.
6. Use safety equipment if using a deer stand, such as a full body harness.
Streeter says common sense will go a long way toward having a safe hunt.
“Every time you go hunting you need to engage your brain, your primary safety device, before you load that firearm.”
Streeter advises anyone taking a walk in the woods this time of year to wear blaze orange.
The firearm season runs through this weekend. The archery season runs through the end of December. The muzzleloader season runs the month of December.