Outdoor Files: Hunting and deer safety
Hunting statistically remains one of the safest activities out there, according to Ralph Wall, with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. To keep it that way, Wall has some advice ahead of Nebraska’s nine-day firearm deer season, which begins Saturday the 10th and runs through Sunday the 18th.
"Keep that muzzle pointed in a safe direction, safety on, finger off trigger until ready to fire. Properly identify your target and what is beyond it. Wear the required 400 square inches of blaze orange on the chest, head and back. It’s not a bad idea to wear a little orange during the season if you're a farmer or anyone else out in the countryside. Unload firearms before crossing obstacles or entering vehicles. When hunting from an elevated stand, among safety practices, use a haul line to raise or lower gear and wear a fall arrest safety harness.
"As for deer permitting business, AkSarBen Aquarium and all Game and Parks office locations except Omaha will be open Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. On Monday the 12th, Veterans Day, only AkSarBen Aquarium an Alliance offices will be open. Probably easiest, get your permits online at OutdoorNebraska.org. Our website also has a list of permit selling vendors around the state if that is most convenient. (OutdoorNebraska.org/permitvendors)
"A reminder of two neat venison charitable programs. Hunters Helping the Hungry and Deer Exchange. Our cash donations make it possible for participating butchers to process venison for distribution to those in need. Deer Exchange is a database that brings hunters with surplus deer in touch with folks wanting deer meat. Learn more about either endeavor at OutdoorNebraska.org.
"Because of hunting, crop harvesting and the deer breeding seasonNovember is a high month for deer-vehicle collisions. Drive slower at dawn, dusk and night. Be especially wary near wooded areas or creeks, lakes and rivers. Be prepared for deer but try not to brake or swerve too sharply risking loss of vehicle control. If you see a deer, assume others are nearby. Tap your horn, flash lights to scare off deer or make them hesitant. And a vision tip I like, drive at night with low dashboard lighting. You might be surprised at how much better your down the road sight may seem."