Opening Day of Hunting Season Prompts Safety Warnings

October 3, 2011

Many Arkansas residents woke before sunrise Saturday morning to head out into the woods for the opening day of deer season. The start of the season also has officials with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) reminding hunters about important safety practices.

Every year hundreds of individuals are injured or killed while hunting. Research by the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) shows that most hunting accidents occur when hunters fail to properly identify their targets. Therefore, the organization stresses that hunters should wear blaze-orange when hunting. The AGFC actually requires all hunters wear at least 400 square inches of bright orange material to make them more visible in heavily wooded areas.

The IHEA also reports that another leading cause of accidents are numerous incidents of hunters accidentally “swinging” a firearm on a neighboring hunter. Experts say the best way to avoid this is to establish firing lines going out at 45 degrees from each hunter’s side. This creates a “V” of safe zone for each shooter to fire into without harming anyone around him or her.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to wish all hunters the best of luck this season, and remind them to be safe by always double checking their target, wearing orange, and letting others know their whereabouts.

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