CONSIDER THIS: Hunter Safety

CONSIDER THIS: Hunter Safety

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Fall officially begins this weekend and although the temperature feels more like July, the cooler weather will be here soon. That means many people are getting ready for hunting season.

In fact, in some areas archery season for deer officially opens October 1.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks reminds hunters to be safe, especially with treestands. The MDWFP says treestand falls account for 90 percent of all hunting accidents across the state.

It is extremely important to wear a full body harness. Wearing one is required for anyone hunting in a Wildlife Management Area and it literally can be the difference between life and death.

Although these are common-sense reminders, following them will help prevent a serious accident:

· Always wear a full body safety harness.

· Use a lifeline harness system when climbing to and from deer stands.

· Check the straps attaching your hunting stand to the tree for signs of wear.

· Check your hunting stand for signs of wear or broken parts.

With the season a few weeks away, now is the time to make sure your stands are in good shape. If you do that, and wear your harness, it will help reduce the number of injuries this season.

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