MDC Reminds Non-Hunters of Safety Measures as Firearms Deer Season Nears

Non-hunters are being reminded to practice safety measures when afield during hunting seasons.

With the most popular portion of firearms deer season opening November 12th, the Missouri Department of Conservation advises non-hunters to wear bright clothing to be more visible.  A bright orange vest or bandana should be placed on dogs and they should be kept leashed.

Hunters are often most active during the early morning and late afternoon, when game animals are most active. Be especially aware of your own visibility during these times when light is dim.

Stay on designated trails and whenever venturing into the outdoors, let someone know where you are going and when to expect your return.

Make yourself known. If you hear shooting, raise your voice, and let hunters know you are in the area. Be courteous. Once a hunter is aware of your presence, don’t make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife and avoid conflict.

Identify hunting seasons and lands open to hunting online at the Missouri Department of Conservation website.