As deer hunting season continues around the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s “Home From the Hunt” campaign reminds hunters to be sure to positively identify their target before pulling the trigger and to always be aware of their surroundings.

“It’s natural to get excited when you have a deer or other game in your sights,” said Chet Clark of the N.C. Wildlife Commission. “Hunters should opt for binoculars or a spotting scope, rather than a rifle scope, to avoid pointing their firearm at something they may not want to shoot. “It’s important to collect yourself and ensure there are no houses, vehicles or people in front of or behind your target.”

Hikers recreating in the great outdoors during deer season should wear bright colors and avoid browns and greens.

The four primary rules of firearms safety are:

• Always point a firearm in a safe direction.

• Treat every firearm as if it were loaded and never assume a firearm is unloaded.

• Keep your finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot.

• Be sure of your target – and what’s in front of and behind it.

Tree stand safety

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is also reminding hunters to follow safety guidelines when hunting from a tree stand. Falls from tree stands is the leading cause of hunting-related fatalities each year.

“It’s of the utmost importance to always use a fall-arrest system and follow the tree stand manufacturer’s recommended safety procedures,” said Carissa Daniels, the Commission’s outreach manager. “These steps can go a long way in helping hunters stay safe while hunting with a tree stand.”

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