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Safety first when hunting

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By Bonnie Shelton

JUNCTION CITY (WAOW)--Gun deer season is on, making many hunters eager to hit the trail. However, you should make sure you have all the right plans and safety gear for a successful hunt.

The Wisconsin DNR recommends that you always wear blaze orange when hunting. Law requires it, and it can save your life out in the woods.

Also, make sure to use a full body harness when hunting in a tree stand. Cold temperatures and ice can break limbs and cause slippery conditions when climbing up and down.

Another important recommendation is to make a hunting plan and stick to it. Give a copy to someone not in your hunting part, and be sure to stick to a planned time to return.

The DNR also warns to always assume that a firearm is loaded. Being extra careful will prevent costly accidents.

And finally, make sure of your target and what is beyond it. Experienced hunter Gene Hilgers has spent 20 years hunting from the same tree stand. "No deer is worth shooting and then finding out later that there is somebody beyond the deer," he said.

Whether you bag a buck or not, a safe hunt is always a successful hunt.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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