Make safety your number one priority this hunting season.
That from Killaloe OPP, as we approach the time of year when many are hunting for deer and other animals.
Police are reminding people of the following rules and safety principles.
- All hunters must wear solid hunter orange clothing and a hunter orange head cover during gun seasons for deer, moose and elk. Outside the gun seasons for deer, moose and elk, these requirements also apply to bear hunters who are not hunting from a tree stand.
- Handle firearms with care at all times.
- Hunters must never shoot unless they are absolutely sure of their target and what lies beyond it.
- It is illegal to shoot from a vehicle or carry a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle.
- It is illegal to discharge a firearm from or across the travelled portion of a right of way for public vehicular traffic. In many parts of Ontario, it is also illegal to have a loaded firearm or discharge a firearm in any part of the right of way.
- Never drink alcohol and hunt.
- If you hunt from a tree stand, always wear a safety harness, and use a rope to raise and lower your firearm.
- Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will be returning.
- Know the weather conditions in your hunting area, and dress accordingly.
- In an emergency, stay calm and stay put.
- Avoid hypothermia. Know how to treat it if it strikes.
- Keep rested, hydrated and well nourished.
- Carry a survival kit and a small first aid kit with you at all times.
- Know how to build a fire in all weather conditions and carry the supplies to start one.
- Carry a map and compass or GPS unit and know how to use them.
- Ensure your cell phone is charged and consider carrying an extra battery.
For more information, visit ontario.ca/natural-resources. If reporting an incident that does not require immediate police assistance, call 1-888-310-1122. For the Killaloe OPP Detachment call 613-757-2600.