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D.N.R. rangers concerned by night hunting growth

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The shooting death of a U.S. Forest Service Ranger has south Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers worried about hunting safety. The ranger was killed Friday night in the Oconee National Forest in Jasper County by a coyote hunter who was using a night vision scope.

DNR rangers say more hunters are using that equipment to spot coyotes and hogs.

While the night vision equipment is good, Rangers say hunters need to use extra caution at night.

Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources Captain Jeff Swift said "Certainly it could be more difficult to identify your actual target that you are shooting at, as opposed to different species of animals and possibly human beings."

Rangers remind hunters the first two rules of hunting, know exactly what you are shooting at and what is behind the target that could be hit.

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