Inspector Yves Forget, Detachment Commander of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment, wants to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe hunting season. The 2017 fall hunting season is now underway and the OPP are patrolling the trails to ensure people are in compliance with the hunting regulations.
There are several things hunters can do to keep themselves and others around them safe during this hunting season. Hunters should keep the following safety rules in mind:
Hunting Safety Rules:
All hunters must wear solid hunter orange clothing (minimum 400 square inches above the waist) and a hunter orange head cover during gun seasons for deer, moose and elk. Outside the gun season for deer, moose and elk these requirements also apply to bear hunters who are not hunting for a tree stand
Handle firearms with care and attention at all times.
Hunters must never shoot unless they are absolutely sure of their target and what lies beyond it.
It is illegal to shoot from a vehicle or carry a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle.
It is illegal to discharge a firearm from or across the travelled portion of a right of way for public vehicular traffic. In many parts of Ontario it is also illegal to have a loaded firearm, or discharge a firearm, in any part of the right of way.
Never drink alcohol and hunt.
If you hunt from a tree stand always wear a safety harness and use a rope to raise and lower your firearm.
Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will be returning.
Know the weather conditions in your hunting area and dress accordingly.
In an emergency, stay calm and stay put.
Avoid hypothermia. Know how to treat it if it strikes.
Keep rested, hydrated and well nourished.
Carry a survival kit and a small first aid kit with you at all times.
Know how to build a fire in all weather conditions and carry the supplies to start one.
Carry a map and compass or GPS unit and know how to use them.
“Safety is a priority when hunting. Be sure you are familiar with firearm safety rules and hunting regulations specific to the area you are hunting in, before venturing out to enjoy your day.” – East Algoma OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Yves Forget.
Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.