Deer hunting safety reminder
Hunters are encouraged to use safe hunting practices and to discuss the hunting plan so each member of the hunting group knows where the others will be at all times during the hunt. Hunters must wear one of the following articles of external visible solid blaze orange clothing when hunting deer with a firearm: vest, jacket, coat, sweatshirt, sweater, shirt or coveralls. An orange hat along is not sufficient.
Treat every gun as if it is loaded, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
Unload the firearm and open the action, especially when crossing obstacles
Wear plenty of blaze orange. Hunters want to be seen from all sides in the woods and fields
If using a new gun or a gun that has not been used for a while, be sure to practice before the season opens to get reacquainted with it
Be sure of the target and what’s behind it
Don’t shoot at running deer
Discuss the hunting plan with everyone in the group. Outline the role for each person and where they will be throughout the hunt. Plan your hunt and hunt your plan. Communication is critical to ensure everyone knows where each other is at all times.
Bundled up – keeping your finger off the trigger and muzzle control are both extremely important as bulky coats and gloves increases chances of an accidental discharge
Most hunting in Iowa is done on private land. Hunters should touch bases with the landowner before the season opens to make sure permission to hunt is still granted. Other hunters may also have permission to hunt the same area.