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State Urges Safety After Deaths of 3 Deer Hunters

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4:32 PM

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Ohio deer in snow (ideastream file photo)

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says three deer hunters were killed during the week-long gun season.

The fatalities, which are still under investigation, happened in Coshocton, Gallia and Fulton counties. While the gun season is over, there are still opportunities to hunt in Ohio. The archery season will continue into February with a muzzleloader weekend in January. John Windau with the department says it’s important for deer hunters to keep safety their number one priority while they’re out in the woods.

“You know, the biggest thing is to always treat your firearm as if it’s loaded,” Windau said. “You want to make sure that the muzzle is always pointed in a safe direction. And then you have to be aware of your target—but not just what you’re shooting at, but what’s beyond your target. Is there something beyond that that could create a safety issue? No animal is worth hurting yourself or someone else.”

Windau also urges hunters to make sure they’re taking the proper safety precautions when they use tree stands. This is the first time someone has died during the gun hunting season since 2009. 

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