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Follow the rules during deer hunt

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Deer gun hunting season is about to get underway in Fort Frances District and hunters should know and follow the rules, and take the necessary safety precautions.

Hunting rules

•All hunters must wear solid hunter orange clothing (minimum of 400 sq. inches) and a hunter orange cap, except during an “archery-only” season.

•A hunter cannot transfer his/her game seal or possess a game seal issued to another person.

•Handle firearms with care and attention at all times.

•Keep guns and ammunition separate and locked in a secure location when not in use.

•Hunters must never shoot unless they are absolutely sure of their target and what is beyond it.

•It is illegal to shoot from a vehicle, or carry a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle.

•A hunter who kills a deer must immediately attach the game seal in the manner prescribed on the seal, and it must remain attached during transportation.

Safety

•Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will be returning.

•Know the weather conditions in the area you will be hunting and dress accordingly.

•In an emergency, stay calm and remain in a single location.

Avoid hypothermia. Know how to treat it if it strikes.

•Keep hydrated and well-nourished.

•Carry a survival kit with you at all times.

•Know how to build a fire in all weather conditions and carry the supplies you’ll need to start one.

•Carry a map and compass or GPS unit, and know how to use them.

•Alcohol affects your ability to safely handle firearms and motorized vehicles, and increases your risk of exposure while in the outdoors.

For information on open seasons for hunting, consult the 2008-09 Hunting Regulations Summary, which is available from licence issuers and ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, or on the ministry’s website at ontario.ca/hunting

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