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ILLINOIS NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2012

Hunters Reminded to Use Safe Practices in the field this Fall Hunting Season
Fall Archery Season opens October 1st for Deer and Turkey throughout Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – With Archery season just around the corner for fall deer and turkey, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding all hunters to make safety a top priority when in the field this year.

While hunting is one of the safest forms of outdoor recreation, thanks to the diligence of law-abiding and safety-minded hunters, incidents do happen.  Last year in Illinois, there were 26 hunting incidents, one of them fatal.  There have been six hunting incidents reported in the state so far in 2012. 

Whether in a blind or a tree stand, it is crucial that hunters are acutely aware of their surroundings including fellow hunters.  Never take a shot without knowing what is beyond your target and always use the proper working equipment when ascending or descending from a tree stand,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller

Of the 14 incidents reported in 2011 that did not involve discharge of a firearm or bow, 13 of them were tree stand falls.  If hunting from a tree stand, make sure you are using a full body safety harness (also known as a Fall Arrest System or FAS).  

This year the seven-day firearm deer season begins November 16-18 and continues November 29-December 2nd. 

Last year, firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 97,760 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season on Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4. The 2011 preliminary firearm season harvest total compares with the 98,944 deer taken during the 2010 firearm season. 

The legal hunting hours for the firearm deer season are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Hunting Safety Facts:

• Illinois law requires that anyone born on or after January 1, 1980, must successfully complete a hunter safety course before a regular Illinois hunting license is issued.
• The number one cause of hunting accidents in Illinois is falling from a tree stand.
• When using a tree stand, remember the following:

 Check ladder stands before climbing to make sure they are secure.
 Wear a Fall Arrest System/Full Body Safety Harness when leaving the ground until returning to the ground from the tree stand.
 Use a haul line to raise and lower your equipment and unloaded firearm or bow into a tree stand.

When hunting with a firearm, sportsmen should remember three primary rules of firearm safety:

 Know your target and what is beyond your target.
 Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
 Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.

 



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