10/12/16 - Safe Hunting - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

10/12/16 - Safe Hunting

By Scott Thomas
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager

It's fall in the Heartland, and hunters of all ages are heading into the woods. Whether you are pursuing feathers or fur, sometimes one of the hardest things to do is find a place to hunt. You might think finding the perfect spot would be easy but I know from personal experience it can be a challenge and can get expensive. So, some hunters do the unthinkable. They trespass on private lands. 

Make no mistake hunters, it is your responsibility to know, and follow, the rules. Plus, there's plenty of public land, and with a little scouting, you can find a great spot. But if you prefer to hunt private land get permission first. Just because the land isn't posted private or fenced off doesn't make it okay. And if you are caught you could be cited. But worse than that, someone could get hurt.

Conservation agents say anytime someone is hunting without permission they create a dangerous situation for themselves and other hunters. One of the most important rules of firearm safety is to be sure of your target, and to know what’s beyond it. There are incidents every year in which hunters have been shot because they didn't know another hunter was near.  Often it was because the hunter was not supposed to be there. 

If you're a hunter take a few minutes and simply ask the landowner if you can hunt on their land. Most landowners I know are agreeable. But if you get told no respect their wishes and don’t trespass. That keeps everyone safe, and it keeps you legal.

I’m Scott Thomas and that’s our ViewPoint.

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