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News release from New York State Police:

The New York State Police remind everyone that regular firearm deer hunting season opens this week Saturday, November 16, 2013, with that New Yorkers will see an increase of hunters heading out to the woods and parks looking for the best spots to find wild game. 
Troop A Commander, Major Michael Cerretto, stated “Every year the news is full of hunting accidents, to prevent or decrease these accidents from happening, hunter’s need to use common sense.  They should review New York’s hunting regulations and follow basic safety principles.” Some of those include:
Hunter Safety

  • Wear bright orange hunting clothing so you will be visible to other hunters.
  • Let your family and friends know when and where you are hunting and what time you should be expected back at home.
  • Check your equipment, especially tree stands for functionality. Make sure your stand, whether built or store bought is sturdy and strong, and wear a safety belt.
  • Be aware of your location, carry a compass, flashlight and cell phone in the event you become lost. It is also important to know your surroundings to avoid trespassing on other adjacent properties.
  • Carry your hunting license and remember to display your hunting tag.
Firearm Safety

  • Treat every gun as if it is loaded! Be sure to always point the muzzle in a safe direction away from people.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Make sure your safety is always on and that the barrel is pointing down when you are walking with or transporting your gun.
  • Make sure that you are certain of your target before you take your shot; ensure that you are shooting at an animal and not a human. Don’t forget to look well beyond your target, high powered ammunition can travel up to a mile.
“Following these simple guidelines will ensure that all hunters have a safe and enjoyable hunting experience” said Major Cerretto.
Hunters seeing a violation can make a report by calling the Department of Environmental Conservation 24 hour tip like at 1.800.TIPP-DEC (1.800.847.7332).
Hunting regulations can be found on the New York State Department of Environmental Conversation web site at .
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