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Turkey Hunters Urged to be Attention, Safe

November 2, 2012

HARRISBURG, PA - Every fall, hunters head into Pennsylvania's forests and woodlots in pursuit of wild turkeys. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, it's one of autumn's greatest competitions as hunters try to call in their quarries. It's also a time when hunters really need to be in tune with their surroundings.

"Staying alert and making sound shooting decisions will go a long way toward ensuring your safety and the safety of others in turkey season this fall," said Keith Snyder, Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education Division chief. "So, too, will always handling your sporting arm in a safe and responsible way.

"The Game Commission has worked with the National Wild Turkey Federation and the agency's cadre of volunteer hunter-trapper education instructors over the past decade to reverse what was a growing number of turkey hunting-related shooting incidents. Today, Pennsylvania's woods are safer for turkey hunters. But hunters must remain vigilant. Paying attention and hunting safely ensure that your trip afield remains an enjoyable one."

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Tony Fall with 22lb gobbler.

Snyder said that the Game Commission and NWTF offer the following safety tips:

Positively identify your target! Be certain the bird is fully and plainly visible before pulling the trigger. Don't shoot at sounds or movement!

Never stalk a turkey! Movement or sounds you think are a turkey may be another hunter. Be patient, and let the bird come to you.

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Be seen! Wear or display the required amount of fluorescent orange, particularly when moving.

Protect your back! Select a large tree, rock or other natural barrier while calling. Hunt in open woods.

Shout "STOP" to alert approaching hunters! Never move, wave or make turkey sounds to alert others of your position.

Dress to be safe! Never wear red, white, blue or black clothing. These are the colors found on mature gobblers.

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Cover up! Don't carry harvested birds in the open. Cover them with fluorescent orange or completely conceal from view in a game bag.

Be seen! Wear or display the required amount of fluorescent orange, particularly when moving.

In addition, while wearing orange is required for all fall turkey hunters while moving, hunters should consider wearing or posting orange at all times. For orange requirements, please see pages 68-69 of the 2011-12 Digest.



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