Friday, 03 August 2012 12:22
If you're an archery hunter, you can stay safe during this year's archery hunts by following a few, simple rules.
Preparing for the hunts now is the key to having a fun and successful archery hunt. Utah's archery elk and deer hunts start Aug. 18.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources photo
Utah's general archery buck deer and elk hunts kick off Aug. 18, 2012.
"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 advice on getting prepared for the season, safety items to remember while you're in the field and information on tracking animals and preserving their meat.
Never take a shot at a deer or an elk that is beyond the maximum, effective range you're comfortable shooting at. Also, before releasing your arrow, make sure of your target and what's beyond it.
After the shot
Cook also provides tips for reducing conflicts with landowners and those who don't hunt:
Extended archery areas
If you want to hunt the Wasatch Front, Ogden, Uintah 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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