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Deer Season Field Guide: What You Need to Know before and after the Hunt

by on November 29, 2010 1:50 AM

Headed to the woods? The Pennsylvania Game Commission provided the following tips:

  • Leave the land better than how you found it.
  • Follow fair-chase rules.
  • Know your capabilities and limitations as a marksman, and stay within your effective range.
  • Try for a quick, clean kill.
  • Make sure that meat and usable parts are not wasted.
  • Treat both game and non-game animals ethically.
  • Follow game laws and regulations.
  • Cooperate with conservation officers.
  • Report game violations.
  • Respect other hunters.
  • Follow safe firearm handling practices, and insist your companions do the same.
  • Do not interfere with another person's hunt.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol, which can slow your reactions to the point of endangering others.
  • Know your location.
  • Let others know where you are. Wear proper clothing; fluorescent clothing is the most important item because it allows hunters to recognize one other.
  • Pack a survival kit with proper signaling devices in case you get lost.
  • When loading or unloading a firearm, hunting partners (including dogs) should stand back-to-back, facing away from one other.
  • When hunting with a group, remember that it is illegal in most states to use your license tag on another person’s kill.

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Michelle Willemin is a intern and a Penn State junior majoring in print journalism. She can be reached at [email protected]
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