Safety for the upcoming gun hunting season

FILE - In this April 11, 2014, file photo, Theresa Vail, left, walks with a hunting party in Chase County, Kan. Vail, a former Miss Kansas who hosts an Outdoor Channel adventure show, is accused of illegally shooting an Alaska grizzly bear and conspiring to cover up the violation, according to charges filed in a rural state court. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Michael Pearce, File)
FILE - In this April 11, 2014, file photo, Theresa Vail, left, walks with a hunting party in Chase County, Kan. Vail, a former Miss Kansas who hosts an Outdoor Channel adventure show, is accused of illegally shooting an Alaska grizzly bear and conspiring to cover up the violation, according to charges filed in a rural state court. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Michael Pearce, File)

THE WABASH VALLEY (WTHI) – Opening season for deer hunting kicks off Saturday. This is the most popular time for hunters. With a so many people out in the woods, safety is a main concern.

A perfect day for William Tharp is hunting in the woods.

“I have been hunting for most of my life. I along with most people got into it because of my father,” said Tharp.

He even started his own bow hunting business because of his drive to mentor other hunters.

“It’s something I love. It’s what I love to do, it’s something I’m passionate about. It’s something I want to teach people,” said Tharp.

His instructs other hunters on technique, equipment and above all else safety.

“By far the most frequent that we have is tree stand falls,” Indiana Conservation Officer, Nathan Lutz.

Earlier this week a man in Terre Haute was airlifted to Methodist Hospital after falling 20 feet from a tree stand.

“Keep that harness on, keep good equipment. Don’t leave your tree stand out year round and replace those cables, that stuff is going to wear over time,” said Lutz.

Nathan Lutz says hunters are also required by law to wear bright orange clothing during deer season.

“I’ve seen people get up in a tree stand and take that orange hat off because they don’t want people to see them. That’s not safe,” said Lutz.

The orange clothing alerts other hunters that you’re there. Conservation officers say deer are color blind and so the orange clothing will not affect a hunters’ game.

Most importantly, hunters should always know where they’re shooting and what’s beyond their target.

“Don’t just be looking at what you’re shooting at but what’s beyond it because bullets travel a long distance so the last thing we need is someone to get hurt or someone’s property to be damaged,” said Tharp.

Keeping your eye on the target and your safety.

Other safety tips recommended by Indiana Conservation Officers:

  • Have a plan before going hunting
  • Always tell someone else where you’ll be
  • Be familiar with the land property you’re hunting on
  • Be familiar with the other hunters in the area
  • Keep your cell phone on you while hunting in case of emergencies
  • Keep a first aid kit with you at all times
  • Always wear orange clothing while hunting
  • Use a tree harness in a tree stand
  • Use up to date cables and equipment
  • Be aware of your target and what’s beyond your target
  • Never point your gun at something you don’t plan to shoot
  • Use binoculars to look for targets, not your gun’s scope

To register for a hunting education class, click here: https://www.register-ed.com/programs/indiana/103-indiana-hunter-education