Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Safety first. Safety first. Safety first. While it is wonderful to hear about folks hunting in Georgia since deer season opened, it is unfortunate to hear about several avoidable incidents; including six tree stand incidents and one fatality that is currently under investigation.
“Hunting is and remains a very safe activity with more than 300,000 participants each year, but our agency always emphasizes safety first,” said John Bowers, Chief of the Game Management Section. “Your ability to responsibly use a tree stand or firearm is paramount to keeping you and anyone else hunting with or near you safe and injury-free.”
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages hunters to review safety information before hunting and to use caution while in the woods.
TREE STAND SAFETY
Many hunters utilize tree stands to enhance their hunting experience. However, sometimes these are improperly installed or show signs of wear after several years. Not every tree stand is the same. Hunters should be familiar with their particular model’s features.
Following are a few recommended safety tips:
Hunters are encouraged to review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety,’ which easily can be remembered with the acronym ACTT:
“Some final thoughts on keeping safe include telling someone where you are hunting and what time you expect to return,” says Bowers. “And lastly, your ability to stay awake and alert is vital. Hunters need to avoid medications that cause drowsiness and never, ever use alcohol or drugs while hunting.”
For more information hunting-related safety, call 770-761-3010 or visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/education .