- MUST USE COMMON SENSE WHEN DEER HUNTING -
No doubt many of our readers saw the news in the Thursday, November 10 Union Leader about the hunter who was fatally shot and another who was injured on the first day of the rifle deer season. The victim, Kenneth Brunelle of Marlborough, Massachusetts, was walking in the woods, hunting with his father and brother when he was shot and killed. According to Fish and Game officials, the victim was not wearing any blaze orange colored clothing.
Hunters need to be more precautious and safe. It is totally insane for deer hunters to not wear blaze orange clothing, hat, jacket, pants, etc. when in the woods. Many tests, first done in Massachusetts, have shown that this color does NOT spook deer. It is readily seen by other humans and has been a big factor in saving lives and preventing hunting accidents. Too many deer hunters think it is necessary to wear camouflage clothing and in doing so, put themselves at risk for an accident.
Yes, for turkey hunting, the use of camouflage clothing is necessary because they have unusual eyesight and hunter orange can spook them. However, you need to wear hunter orange colored jacket when walking to and from your stand and then remove it when you are set up. Doing otherwise is taking a big chance. In pheasant season, there are many hunters who take advantage of the bow hunting season for deer in October. Later in the afternoon, they decide to go for pheasant. I couldn’t count how many of those hunters I’ve seen who go afield for pheasants with nothing on but their camouflage outfits. This is not wise. All they have to do is don a hunter orange vest and hat.
My deceased friend, Andy Bisson, and I were hunting an open area along some power lines. We noticed two hunters with complete camo outfits on, go off into the wooded area to our left. Once they were in, we couldn’t see them anymore. Now, suppose we didn’t happen to know they were in there and a pheasant flushed up and flew in their direction. It’s swing and shoot! It could be a human life at stake. Now, had those hunters been wearing a blaze orange vest and hat, we would have had no trouble spotting them and there by would pass off shooting at any flying pheasant heading in their direction.
It is always the responsibility of the hunter to know for sure, to see clearly, what he or she thinks is a safe target. Once fired - no bullet can be recalled! Never! And, a person wearing less than hunter orange holds part of the responsibility. Don’t make yourself a target. Not just hunting, but walking, riding a horse or bike, walking or using your dog for hunting, taking a jog or strole. Wear hunter orange and live to see the beautiful sunset.
Bob Harris can be reached via e-mail at: email@example.com