Archery fans unite: Saturday marks the official start of the bow deer hunting season.
But before you get too carried away, The Department of Natural Resources has some important safety tips to remember:
Let people know where you will be hunting and when you plan to return. Also let them know where you will be parking your vehicle.
Always carry a cell phone with you in the case of an emergency. Equally important is to place the phone in a pocket where it will not fall out if you take a spill.
One of the most common injuries hunters suffer is from falling out of tree stands.
Antlers Archery owner Bill Thomas says he has seen many hunters come in to his store with injuries from falling.
"A good quality safety harness is key," he says. "They're reasonable. $100 can get you a good quality harness."
Make sure to select a tree that is strong enough to support your weight.
While out hunting, remember that you may not use any poison, drug, or explosive-tipped arrow.
It's important to note that during the gun deer season, bow hunters will be required to follow the same blaze orange clothing regulations as gun hunters.
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