Deer Firearm Season Starts Today

deer This is the busiest hunting weekend of the year, according to the DNR. Tens of thousands of hunters are taking to the woods for deer firearm season. It opens today and continues through Sunday, Nov. 29th.

Hunters are reminded to wear safety orange and to positively identify their targets before firing. Don’t shoot at color, shape, sound and movement. Treat every firearm as though it is loaded, and point it in a safe direction.

Tree stand accidents are among the leading causes of hunting accidents. Hunters are reminded to check their stands before climbing into them and to replace worn or weak lumber. Safety harnesses are recommended. Last year, more than 78-percent of hunting accidents in Indiana involved falls from tree stands. Carry a whistle to call for help and bring a first aid kit, flashlight and cellular telephone to the woods as well.

Hunters should be in possession of a valid license at all times. Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986 must successfully complete a DNR-offered hunter safety course in order to purchase a license. Deer may be harvested one half hour before sunrise until one half hour after sunset. Hunters have 48 hours after a successful hunt to check deer either online or at a traditional check station.

Visit 2015 Indiana Hunting & Trapping Guide for more information.