Monday, October 20, 2014

Hunter Safety is a Priority

Dufferin County,ON (OPP - Dufferin Detachment) With hunting season getting underway over next few weeks, Ontario hunters are reminded that safety needs to be their first priority when they head into the woods this autumn.

Superintendent Chris Wyatt, Chief Firearms Officer for the Ontario Provincial Police advised, “Safe hunting begins with firearms safety. Treat every firearm as loaded and always be sure of your target.”

There are a number of things that hunters can to do keep themselves, and those around them safe. Some safety rules hunters are asked to keep in mind include:

  • Wearing hunter orange
  • Handling firearms with care; treat every firearm as though it is loaded
  •  Never shooting unless they’re sure of their target and what lies beyond
  •  Not shooting from a vehicle or having a loaded firearm in their vehicle 
  • Never drinking alcohol while hunting

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, in partnership with the OPP is encouraging all hunters to become familiar with all safety rules and resources that are available to them so that they have a safe hunting season. “Each year, thousands of people hunt in Ontario. It’s important that everyone who takes part in this outdoor activity does so safely. I urge you to know and follow the safety rules when you’re out in the woods hunting.” said Bill Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.