OPP offers hunter safety tips

by Editorial Staff | September 29, 2020
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Safety should be a priority while enjoying Mother Nature this fall, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds hunters.

“Be sure you’re familiar with the safety rules before venturing out to enjoy this outdoor activity,” South Porcupine OPP Detachment Commander Staff Sgt. Dan Foy stated in a release.

The South Porcupine Detachment offered the following information to make sure everyone stays safe this hunting season.

Hunting safety rules

  • All hunters must wear solid hunter orange clothing (minimum 400 square inches above the waist) and a hunter orange head cover during gun seasons for deer, moose, and elk. Outside the gun season for deer, moose, and elk these requirements also apply to bear hunters who are not hunting from a tree stand.
  • Handle firearms with care and attention at all times.
  • Hunters must never shoot unless they are absolutely sure of their target and what lies beyond it.
  • It is illegal to shoot from a vehicle or carry a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle.
  • It is illegal to discharge a firearm from or across the travelled portion of a right of way for public vehicular traffic.
  • Never drink alcohol and hunt.
  • If you hunt from a tree stand, always wear a safety harness and use a rope to raise and lower your unloaded firearm.

General safety

  • Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will be returning.
  • Know the weather conditions in your hunting area and dress accordingly.                      
  • In an emergency, stay calm and stay put.
  • Avoid hypothermia. Know how to treat it if necessary.
  • Keep rested, hydrated, and well nourished.
  • Carry a survival kit and a small first aid kit with you at all times.
  • Know how to build a fire in all weather conditions and carry the supplies needed to start one. Carry a map and compass or GPS unit, and know how to use them.

Click here for a basic introduction to hunting.

Please check the most recent Ontario hunting and fishing regulations summaries, as rules and regulations can change.

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  1. Brian Kerr wrote: It was not noted that while it is illegal to discharge a firearm from or across the travelled portion of a right of way for public vehicular traffic, it is also illegal to possess a loaded firearm on the road that is a right of way for public vehicular traffic.
    • Meghan Sutherland wrote: That's correct Brian.