Friday, 05 August 2011 14:58
If you're an archery hunter, you can stay safe during this year's archery hunts by following a few, simple rules.
Taking Utah's Bowhunter Education class is a great way to prepare for this fall's archery hunts. Learning how to shoot safely from a tree stand is one of the things you'll learn in the course.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources photo
Utah's general archery buck deer and elk hunts kick off Aug. 20, 2011.
"Every year, we receive reports of archery hunters injuring themselves," says Gary Cook, hunter education coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Two practices lead to most of the accidents: not being safe in tree stands or having arrows out of your quiver when you shouldn't.
Cook provides the following advice to help you avoid these accidents:
In addition to the safety tips, Cook provides tips on getting prepared for the season, safety items to remember while you're in the field and tips on tracking animals and preserving their meat.
Cook also provides tips for reducing conflicts with homeowners and those who don't hunt:
Cook says most of the people in Utah choose not to hunt. "But they support hunting as long as hunters are legal, safe and ethical," he says. "When hunters don't behave that way, how people feel about hunting can take a turn for the worse."
Extended archery areas
If you want to hunt the Wasatch Front, Ogden, Unitah Basin or Sanpete Valley extended archery areas, please remember the following:
For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.
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