ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – November firearms deer season starts November 12. The Missouri Conservation Department encourages hunters to make safety their number one priority. It might surprise you to know that the most common kinds of hunting mishaps don’t involve firearms. Dan Zarlenga from the conservation department visits KPLR 11 News at Noon to share some important safety information.
Q. So what is the most common source of hunting accidents?
• Falling from tree stands is the Number 1 source of hunting accidents
• Statistics show 1 out of every 3 hunters experiences a fall from a tree stand
Q. What are some ways hunters make reduce the chance of accidents?
• Use a full harness fall arrest system rated for your weight and gear, and remain attached from the climb up, the entire time in the stand, and until you’re back on the ground
• Use haul lines to get gear up into the stand
• Never carry firearms or bows and arrows with you as you climb
• Make sure firearms are unloaded and broad head arrows are covered when using the haul line
Q. Of course, it`s still important to practice good firearm safety. What’s some advice you’d like to offer hunters?
• Be sure to wear solid hunter orange clothing (cap plus vest, shirt or coat) that’s visible from 360-degrees around to increase your visibility to other hunters
• Camouflage orange does not qualify
• Never shoot at just sound or movement
• Make sure you have a positive ID on your target before you pull the trigger
• Know what`s beyond the target as well
Q. How can viewers learn more about hunting safety?
• Take a Hunter Education Course
• Required for anyone born Jan. 1, 1967 or later
• A good idea for any hunter
• Can take the traditional in class version
• Or Online version coupled with an in person skills session
• Go to MDC.mo.gov for classes near you
• Don’t wait for the last-minute rush – do it now!