RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2015) – With archery season for deer opening Sept. 12 statewide, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recommends some safety guidelines for hunters using archery equipment, including crossbows.
Hunters should always point their crossbow, longbow, or compound bow in a safe direction, and only release an arrow after positively identifying a target and anything beyond that target. Hunters also should always identify a target using binoculars (not a scope) and use a flashlight when changing locations during low-light conditions.
Through its Home From The Hunt™ campaign, the Commission offers tips year-round reminding hunters to take precaution to ensure a safe and successful day in the field.
Other archery-hunting tips from the Home From The Hunt™ campaign are:
· Never carry a bow with a nocked 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.
For more information on hunting seasons, Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits and the Hunter Education Program, go to www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.