Safety precautions issued as hunting seasons continue to January
The fall firearms deer hunting season began Nov. 16. Between now and the end of January, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts will be sharing some of the same areas as hunters. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has issued a guide with safety precautions to be observed during the hunting season.Hunters are required to follow a long list of specific guidelines about getting licensed to hunt on state land and getting permission to hunt on private land. There are rules about the types of rifles and shotguns that may be used, about wearing high-visibility clothing and more. Hunters may be out legally from Monday through Saturday, from a half hour before sunrise until sunset.The DEEP offers basic safety tips for anyone engaging in outdoor recreation during hunting season.• Let someone know where you plan to be and when you plan to return.• Familiarize yourself with the area you will be using and know the activities that occur there.•Wear brightly colored clothing. A fluorescent vest and/or hat is recommended.• If you see another person while in the woods, whether a hiker, hunter, biker or horseback rider, call out to them to make them aware of your location.• Respect property rights. Remember, all land users are required to obtain permission from the owner before entering private property for any reason. For many hunters, written permission must be carried while on private property.Violations of state hunting and recreational laws should be reported at 860-424-3333, a 24-hour DEEP hotline, or at the Turn-in-Poachers hotline at 800-842-HELP, where callers can choose to remain anonymous. There are cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a violator.Detailed information about hunting seasons, public hunting areas, laws and regulations is in the 2011 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is available at all town halls, license agents and at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting.