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Published November 08, 2010, 06:09 PM

Hunting Safety Highlighted After Deer Opener Weekend

Hunting safety is a big concern for hunters this time of year.

Hunting safety is a big concern for hunters this time of year. This is one of the busiest times for accidental shootings and other hunting-related accidents.

As hunters go on their search for that prize buck, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department said safety should be on every hunter's mind. Ten to twelve people report accidents in the state every year.

"People are probably getting hurt falling other things, stepping in a whole twisting their leg, falling out of a tree," said Mary Egeland with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

Several people were hurt in hunting accidents the first weekend this November, but most of the accidents were hunters falling out of homemade tree stands.

"If your are hunting out of a tree stand make sure your tree stands in good shape you know by a good manufactured tree stand you a couple boards nailed up in a tree probably are not safe," Egeland said.

Traveling with a loaded gun is one of the leading causes of accidental shootings. However, Egeland said deer hunting season is not the most dangerous.

"Most accidents occur during pheasant season. Most of the accidents in North Dakota occur when people shooting shot guns on flying birds swing on another hunter," Egeland said.

The Game and Fish Department says before you take your shot, make sure you have total muzzle control and know your surroundings.

"Take your time think things out you know once you pull the trigger you cant call the bullet back," said Egeland.

Egeland said when hunting, you should always carry a first-aid kit and cell phone.