Senator Glenn Hegar Encourages Texas Hunters to Be Mindful of Safe Hunting Practices This Deer Season
Austin, Texas— Texas Hunters are pulling rifles off of their shelves, filling their corn feeders, and heading to the deer blind for the much anticipated white-tailed deer hunting season, which runs from November 5th to January 1st or January 15th in North and South Texas, respectively. Amid the excitement of deer season, it is important to be mindful of basic hunting and gun safety rules.
"Hunting is a special part of our state's heritage and with the necessary precautions, Texans can continue to enjoy this pastime for years to come. Fortunately, hunting accidents are predicted to be at a record low this year and with a quick review of basic safety tips, and due diligence by Texas hunters, we can help ensure that nobody's life is put at risk," Senator Hegar said.
As the beginning of the season gets underway, it is important for hunters to review these key hunting safety tips, even if they are experienced sportsmen. Fundamental hunting and gun safety tips include:
- Always point the muzzle or nocked arrow in a safe direction.
- Treat every firearm or bow with the same respect you would show a loaded gun or nocked arrow.
- Be sure of your target--what is in front of and beyond your target.
- Unload firearms and unstring conventional bows when not in use.
- Handle firearms, arrows and ammunition carefully.
- Know your safe zone-of-fire and stick to it.
- Control your emotions when it comes to safety.
- Wear hearing and eye protection.
- Don't drink alcohol or take drugs before or while handling firearms or bow and arrows.
- Be aware of additional circumstances which require added caution or safety awareness
Additionally, if you were born after Sept. 1, 1971 and are participating in your first deer hunting season, please keep in mind you must have completed a hunter education course or obtained a one-time deferral if you aren't able to get into a course.
For additional hunter safety and education information contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at (800) 792-1112 or visit their website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning.
Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.