Hunting Season Safety Tips from GeoInsight

October 6, 2014

Autumn is hunting season in New England.  While hunters and target shooters may be encountered in the fields and forests at anytime during the year, the most common time occurs from September through December.  This is the period when most wild game species (turkey, pheasant, squirrels, bear, deer, etc.) are legal to hunt.    

 

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  • Wear bright clothing.  Blaze orange safety vests are mandatory for GeoInsight personnel working in field and forest areas where hunters may be present.  
  • Other articles of clothing such as blaze orange hats, gloves, and jackets are also recommended during hunting season.  
  • Don't wear white, gray, brown, or tan clothing! 
  • Avoid wearing white/light-colored gloves that could be mistaken for the flash of a white tailed deer.


Be aware. 

  • Pay attention to parking areas when entering the woods.  A pickup truck with an empty gun rack could be a sign. 
  • Some individuals, while not actively engaged in hunting, may be in the fields and forests target practicing or “plinking.”  
  • Do not take it for granted that a hunter has established safe backstops for their projectiles. They may not realize that others are downrange or in their vicinity.  


Make noise to make yourself known.

  • Whistle, sing, or carry-on a conversation as you walk to alert hunters to your presence.  
  • Hunters should be listening for any sounds of animal movement. 
  • Call out to hunters to identify your position, particularly if you see them first. 
  • If you hear shooting, raise your voice and let hunters know that you are nearby.

 

Be courteous and respectful to hunters. 

Remember that hunting is a form of wildlife management. 

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Have a question about hunting season safety?

Call Joel Trifilo at 978.679.1600 or e-mail him at jjtrifilo@geoinc.com. GeoInsight's team wishes you a happy and safe 2014 hunting season!