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As others see it: Remember safety when deer hunting

As Saturday nears, we want to remind hunters of some basic tips from the DNR that will help ensure a safe, and hopefully successful, deer opener: * Get a detailed map of the area you are hunting, review it before you leave, and carry it with you ...

As Saturday nears, we want to remind hunters of some basic tips from the DNR that will help ensure a safe, and hopefully successful, deer opener:
* Get a detailed map of the area you are hunting, review it before you leave, and carry it with you in the field.
* Carry a compass and know how to use it. Decide ahead of time the direction to head for if you get lost or disoriented.
* Weather can change quickly in Minnesota, so hunters should carry a simple survival kit and be prepared for an unexpected overnight stay in the field. The survival kit should contain a rope, a knife, water, waterproof matches, an emergency shelter and first aid supplies.
* If you are on the water, make sure to wear a life vest.
* Know your hunting partners’ physical and emotional limitations, as well as your own, and don’t push your partners or yourself beyond those limits.
* If hunting from an elevated stand use a fall restraint device.
* Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
As the temperatures drop, and there’s a good chance, outdoor conditions will include at least some moisture, hunters need to be aware of hypothermia symptoms and how to react. If you find yourself shivering, have numb extremities or have trouble walking, you may be suffering from hypothermia, which can lead to poor decisions, which can lead to becoming lost or disoriented.
The DNR recommends that all hunters consider taking an advanced hunter education class. They also offer a free, online course that is a good reference for all hunters, young and old - www.hunterexam.com/usa/minnesota/ .
So, as your return to the outdoors this weekend, remember there are more important things than bagging that big buck. Coming home is one.

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