Hunting season is once again upon us, and as a certified volunteer Hunter Education Instructor I would like to take this opportunity to point out some important safety considerations for hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts to keep in mind.

Hunters can prevent the vast majority of hunting-related firearms incidents by adhering to the four basic rules of firearm safety:

1. Always point your muzzle in a safe direction;

2. Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard until ready to shoot;

3. Treat every firearm as though it were loaded; and

4. Be sure of your target and what is in front of it and beyond it.

Hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts alike can greatly reduce their chances of being mistaken for game by wearing blaze orange or other brightly colored clothing. Ideally, a blaze orange vest or jacket and cap should be worn together when hunters are present in an area. Wearing earth tones, such as brown and green, should be avoided.

Hunting is legal on most public lands except national and state parks, and on private land with landowner permission. Details on hunting season dates and areas are available at ODFW's Website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/.

Oregon enjoys a rich hunting heritage, and thanks to an outstanding hunter education program serious incidents are rare in our state. I would like to encourage all of you to be well prepared as you head outdoors this fall, and wish you a safe and enjoyable experience.

Chris Allen

Umatilla County Area Coordinator

Hunter Education

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