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