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Hunting Safety Tips from W. Va. DNR


   SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Division of Natural Resources is advising hunters to take safety precautions with tree stands as the two-week buck firearms season gets under way.
     The season began Monday and runs through Dec. 6.
     DNR law enforcement chief Col. Jerry Jenkins says in a news release that tree stand accidents are the most common cause of hunter injuries.  
     Hunters are advised to use a safety belt or harness when hunting from elevated tree stands. Climbing belts should be used when climbing up or down a tree.
     The DNR says hunters also should make sure their guns are unloaded before raising or lowering the weapons with a haul line.
     Permanent tree stands should be checked annually. Worn or weak lumber should be replaced.