Sheriff offers safety tips as hunting season begins

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WHITESTOWN — Deer rifle season opened today in the southern part of Oneida County, and Sheriff Robert Maciol offered tips for a safe hunting season.

Hunting safety:

• Tell someone where you will be hunting.

• Avoid outings alone. If you go alone, be careful and hunt in familiar areas.

• Check the weather forecast before going into the woods.

• Dress properly and be prepared for the worst possible conditions. Protect against hypothermia.

• Identify your target before shooting.

• Check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly. Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.

• Always wear blaze orange to be highly visible to other hunters.

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