Fall archery season for deer and turkey open throughout Illinois
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[October 02, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- With the archery
season for fall deer and turkey open as of Oct. 1, 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 Nov. 16-18 and
continues Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
Last year, firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary
total of 97,760 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season, which
was Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 1-4. The 2011 preliminary firearm season
harvest total compares with 98,944 deer taken during the 2010
The legal hunting hours for the firearm deer season are a
half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset.
requires that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1980, successfully
complete a hunter safety course before a regular Illinois
hunting license is issued.
The No. 1 cause of
hunting accidents in Illinois is falling from a tree stand.
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When using a tree
stand, remember the following:
stands before climbing to make sure they are secure.
Wear a fall arrest
system or 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
Know your target
and what is beyond your target.
Point the muzzle
in a safe direction.
firearm as if it were loaded.
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