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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Deer hunters are gearing up for the 2013 firearm season.

Law Enforcement officers at the Department of Natural Resources have been preparing for this day for weeks and want to stress to the public that safety of the hunters is their number one priority.

"The first step is to always wear your safety harness. The second step is wearing 500 square inches of hunter orange, not only is it the law but it is also a protective safety measure, and the 3rd step is to always let someone know where you are hunting," said Ranger Quinn Fogle with Georgia DNR services.

The first step of being a safe hunter this season is being strongly recommended this year because the state of Georgia has already had one fatal fall from a tree stand.

"Approximately 50% of all hunting related accidents are tree stand related. Although it is not required by law to wear a safety harness, it is a good idea to make that small investment that could possibly save your life," said Fogle.

The DNR is not the only one worried about the safety of tree stands. Jackie Sizemore, the owner of Backwoods outdoors, also wants hunters to realize the importance of double checking your stand before heading into the woods.

"Absolutely and make sure all of your buckles are tied, all of your bolts are in. Check out the stand real good, don't just go into one blind you know and climb up one for the first time make sure you have checked it out real good."

Hunters are always keeping a close eye on the weather and this year the conditions have Jackie excited.

"I'm most excited about the cool weather; I think we are going to have. I think it is going to be a cold winter and that is what everybody is getting all excited about."

Some changes are coming later on in the season, but for now it is a good idea to make sure you have your hunting license, big game license, and your deer harvest record up to date.

"Stay up on the regulations make sure you check and see what's going on, make sure you know what the limits are what you can and can't do and you are right they change," said Jackie.

Some new and big changes will go into effect December first where you will only be a loud to harvest antler deer.

Last season 3 out of the top 5 biggest deer were killed right here in South Georgia.

 

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