MNR reminds Duck Dynasty cousins about safety rules for hunting
MUSKOKA - Those orange hats and clothes you see this week aren’t just trick or treating kids who aren’t allowed to wear costumes to school (only Halloween colours).
Hunters - who may look like their cousins the bearded Duck Dynasty brothers – are on the roads and in the woods.
With hunting season under way in Parry Sound-Muskoka, the MNR reminds hunters about the rules, and taking necessary safety precautions.
And while moose numbers are down in the northeast part of the province, the good news is that there’s an increase in the southern portion of Ontario, particularly in and around Algonquin Park.
Hunting Rules and Hunting Safety:
All hunters must wear solid hunter orange clothing (a minimum of 400 square inches or 2,580 square centimetres above the waist) and a hunter orange head cover during gun seasons for deer, moose and elk. This also applies to bear hunters who are not hunting from a tree stand.
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 lies beyond it.
It is illegal to shoot from a vehicle or carry a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle.
A hunter cannot transfer his/her game seal or possess a game seal issued to another person.
After a deer is killed, the game seal holder must immediately attach the valid game seal to the deer in the manner prescribed on the seal, and it must remain attached during transportation.
Natural attractants containing body fluids of any member of the deer family (urine, blood, etc.) may no longer be possessed or used for the purposes of hunting in Ontario. This regulation is designed to help prevent chronic wasting disease from entering the province. More information is available at ontario.ca/cwd.
Regulations and Seasons:
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 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.
Never drink alcohol and hunt.
In some parts of Ontario, deer ticks (blacklegged ticks) carry Lyme disease. These ticks are more commonly found along the north shores of Lake Erie, LakeOntario and the St. Lawrence River.
To prevent bites from deer ticks, wear closed footwear and tuck your pants into your socks. Use a bug repellent with DEET.
When you return to your camp or home from areas where ticks are common, bathe or shower immediately, if possible, and conduct a full-body tick check using a mirror to view all parts of your body.
For more information, contact your local public health unit.
Additional information is also available on the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care’s website.
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