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Wildlife Commission Issues Archery Hunting Safety Reminders

  • 23 September 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign recommends some guidelines when hunting with archery equipment, including crossbows.

“The safety considerations for using a crossbow, longbow or compound bow are similar to other hunting methods,” said Travis Casper, state hunting education coordinator. “Hunting safety is exercising caution, obeying regulations and putting into practice what you’ve learned in hunter education.

“As with any method of hunting, always point your crossbow, longbow, compound bow in a safe direction,” he said. “Only release an arrow after positively identifying your target and what’s beyond it. Never use a scope to identify a target; use binoculars instead.”

 The Home From The Hunt™ campaign advises:

 · Never carry a bow with a notched arrow.

 · Never “dry-fire” a bow (releasing without an arrow can cause sudden breakage).

 · Load a crossbow only when in a fixed hunting position.

 · Keep fingers and thumb below the rail of a crossbow at all times.

 · Use a flashlight when changing locations during low-light conditions.

For more information on hunting seasons, Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits and the Hunter Education Program, go to www.ncwildlife.org.

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Media Contact:
Geoff Cantrell
919-707-0186
geoff.cantrell@ncwildlife.org
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