Sept. 11, 2014. The deer season for bow hunters begins September 13 across North Carolina, and the U.S. Forest Service reminds hunters and non-hunters to practice safety when visiting the four national forests. Click here for a complete list of safety tips for hunters and non-hunters.
The following are just a few tips hunters should follow to ensure they return home safely from the Croatan, Uwharrie, Pisgah, or Nantahala national forests:
Check weather reports before visiting the forest.
Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will return.
During certain seasons, hunters must wear hunter (blaze) orange viewable from all directions.
Here are just some of the tips non-hunters should practice during hunting season:
Wear bright clothing. Make yourself more visible. Choose colors that stand out, like red, blaze orange or green, and avoid white, blacks, browns, earth-toned greens and animal-colored clothing. Orange vests and hats are advisable.
Don’t forget to protect fido. Get an orange vest for your dog if he/she accompanies you.
Make noise. Whistle, sing or carry on a conversation as you walk to alert hunters to your presence. Sound carries well across mountain basins, and hunters should be listening for any sounds of animal movement.
Remember, your safety is your responsibility when visiting a national forest.