CNHI News Service
Friday, November 23, 2012 —
RALEIGH – The holiday season is a time for traditions, including hunting trips for gathered family and friends, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission through its Home From The Hunt™ campaign urges everyone to prioritize the safety aspects of an outing.
“Time off from work and time with family and friends make the holidays a wonderful time for hunting,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter safety coordinator with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
“But in the excitement of a holiday hunt, don’t overlook the safety aspect. Communicate with your fellow hunters and stress the importance of everyone being careful.”
Go back to basics – review hunter education training and equipment instructions.
Know the rules – read all applicable regulations before going afield.
Identify the target – remain cautious and be absolutely sure before firing.
Inspect all equipment – repair or replace equipment, as needed, before use.
The Wildlife Commission reminds North Carolina’s military personnel coming home for the holidays that they can hunt and fish – in both fresh and coastal waters – without obtaining a license as long as they meet certain criteria.
In North Carolina, all first-time hunting license buyers must successfully complete a Hunter Education Course, offered free across the state.
Go to www.ncwildlife.org to consult the online version of the 2012-2013 N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest or call 919-707-0031 for more information.