There have already been three fatalities this firearm deer hunting season and now hunters are wondering what are some of the best safety precautions to take.
Hunters and a Hunter Educational Administrator from the Department of Natural Resources, Lt. Tom Wanless, agree that apparel wise, hunter orange is the safest bet for anyone planning to go into the woods.
“Hunter orange has been tested in a natural environment against the human eye to be safe and effective,” said Walness.
George Hunt is worker at Total Firearms in Mason, and also a hunter for more than 60 years, says orange is almost impossible to miss.
“It’s hard not to see this, in the woods, there’s nothing close to that color in the woods, so it’s a very good safety thing to have. Having the orange vest on or the orange jacket on or full hunters orange, I find it very difficult to believe someone can’t see you,” said Hunt.
Lt. Wanless also added that knowing how to handle your gun is vital for your safety and others around you.
“Make sure that you are only pointing it in a safe direction, that you’re only going to point the firearm at something you’re intending to shoot, never put your finger on the trigger or in the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot your target, know what you’re target is and more importantly, know what’s beyond your target.
There have been four fatalities in the last seven years during firearm deer hunting season in Michigan.