With harvest beginning to wind down for some in the southeast, another season is starting to pick up steam.

Hunters are anxious to get out in the field and nab some game, however, it's essential to make sure that you are still following safety precautions, especially with this summer's tinder-dry conditions.

"We can't thank the public out there enough. There is a lot of people working out in the field with harvest in full swing, and the farmers and ranchers are really showing due diligence by making sure that they have fire extinguishers, water trucks or some means of suppression," said Fire Chief Dale Feser.

"Now, you are going to see a lot of people going out offroading and whatnot during the hunting season. You want to make sure that, first of all, you are being a good steward of the land. Make sure that you are contacting the property owners to ask permission."

He noted that vehicles in the field can be biggest safety hazard.

"A lot of hunters use four-wheelers, ATVs, side-by-sides or even pickup trucks. You want to be cautious when entering any fields off-road, because a lot of times the exhaust itself, hot bearings, or the catalytic converters on the underside of the vehicle can start the vegetation on fire."

Feser added that this can in turn lead to wild-land fires, something that most likely no one in the southeast has a desire to face.

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