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Md. NRP Reminds Hunters to Stay Safe During Firearm Deer Season

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.– Maryland Natural Resources Police encourage hunters to put safety first as this year's firearm deer season opens Nov. 24, the day with the greatest concentration of hunters afield.

"Tree stand incidents account for most hunting accidents," said NRP Superintendent Colonel George G. Johnson IV. "Wearing the proper safety equipment aids in keeping our hunters safe while they are afield."

All hunters are advised to use a full-body safety harness that keeps the hunter tethered to the tree and prevents a fall to the ground. NRP officials remind hunters to inspect their safety equipment prior to use and replace any worn or broken pieces. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has also produced a video, demonstrating how to use a tree stand and full-body safety harness that can be viewed here.

The improper use of weapons has been another cause of accidents. Hunters should inspect, be familiar with, and practice with the weapon that is to be used prior to the start of the hunt.

When handling a weapon, hunters are advised to follow two cardinal rules:

  • Treat every gun as if it is loaded and never point the firearm at anything unless intending to shoot.
  • Positively identify the intended target and make sure the area beyond is devoid of other hunters or property before the trigger is pulled. 

NRP officials said that before hunting, all hunters are expected to follow these laws and regulations:

  • Hunters must obtain and possess a hunting license while hunting.
  • A course in firearms and hunter safety is required for those who did not hunt prior to July 1, 1977.
  • Hunters must possess written permission from landowner before hunting on private property.
  • Hunters and companions must wear a fluorescent cap or outer garment that contains 250 square-inches of fluorescent orange color.
  • Possessing loaded weapons in a vehicle is prohibited. This includes ammunition in the magazine or chamber.
  • It is illegal to shoot or hunt from or across a roadway.
  • Hunting within 150 yards of a home, camp or other building is prohibited without advance permission of owner or occupant.
  • Before removing the deer from the location of the kill, a field tag must be filled out and attached to the deer. It must be recorded on the hunter's Big Game Harvest Record.
  • Hunters must check-in the deer within 24 hours of field tagging to the Department of Natural Resources via the Internet at www.gamecheck.dnr.state.md.us or the call the Big Game Registration phone line at 1-888-800-0120. The confirmation number must then be entered onto the Big Game Harvest Record.

 

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