DNR Reminds Shotgun Hunters of Safety This Weekend

DNR Reminds Shotgun Hunters of Safety This Weekend

Shotgun season for deer kicks off this weekend and the State Department of Natural Resources is urging hunters to make safety a priority.

There were 29 reported hunting accidents last year in Illinois and 23 involved a hunter falling out of a tree stand says I-D-N-R spokesperson Ed Cross.

Cross says the harness should have a fall arrest system and you should check straps before using. Hunters are also advised to keep an eye on the weather, carry a cell phone, wear bright orange, and to always point a firearm in a safe direction.
Cross also has this advice.

The first shotgun season begins a half hour before sunrise this Friday and runs until a half hour after sunset on Sunday.