Deer season is fast approaching. Some quick tips to keep safe this season:
Know the exact address of your hunting camp! Can’t tell you how many times we receive calls from out of town camp guests, or even camp owners, who don’t know the road, or township, in which their camp is situated.
1. Know your firearm. Make sure you know how to safely clean your rifle, how to sight it in, how to transport your rifle, how to use it to fell your deer, and how to store it when not in use.
2. Be sure of your target, and respect established safety zones for people, residences, camps, schools, and other public places.
3. Dress for the weather conditions. Layer, and take additional dry clothing with you, like socks, or gloves, for instance.
4. Keep your cell phone charged. Make sure it will stay dry if you should encounter water, snow, or rain. If you have an older cell phone, turn on the phone’s GPS feature. If you become disoriented, call 911 as soon as you realize you may need help. Don’t wait until dark!
5. Know where you are hunting. If you should need 911, it helps a great deal if you can tell us the nearest road you used to access your hunting site, or the town or township in which you are hunting. Locations such as, “Bear Run,” for example, encompass a large area. Help us narrow it down by providing landmarks, route numbers, parking areas, or other features that will give us a good start to find you if you should become lost.
6. Hunt with a buddy, if you can, but if you can’t, then make sure others know where you’ll be hunting, and what time you’ll be returning.
7. This is a BIG tip: Know the exact address of your hunting camp! Can’t tell you how many times we receive calls from out of town camp guests, or even camp owners, who don’t know the road, or township, in which their camp is situated. PLEASE, write the address down so everyone at camp knows where to find it, and can tell us where to send an ambulance, or fire dept., in an emergency.
8. Some Important Phone Numbers:
Ridgway State Police: (814) 776-6136
Emporium State Police: (814) 486-3321
Game Commission: (570) 398-4744
GOOD LUCK, HUNTERS! STAY SAFE!