JACKSON – Deer season officially opened this past weekend across the majority of Mississippi, ushering in fall’s favorite pastime for many hunters. During opening weekend however, Conservation Officers responded to many treestand-related incidents including three reported treestand-related accidents.
Most of these treestand-related incidents can be avoided by taking a little extra time to follow these guidelines:
· Always wear a full body safety harness.
· Use a life line harness system when climbing to and from deer stands.
· Check the straps attaching your hunting stand to the tree for signs of wear.
· Check your hunting stand for signs of wear or broken parts.
MDWFP Officials want everyone to enjoy a safe and successful hunting season and pay attention while enjoying Mississippi’s natural resources.
“Do not allow yourself to become the next statistic; take your time, be safe, and let someone know where you plan on hunting,” states Captain Calvin Fulton. “One hunting-related accident is too many.”
For more information regarding hunting and outdoors in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2199. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.