With the white-tailed deer hunting season in full swing it's good to remember these tips to stay safe and have a great hunting season.
Rich Hildebrand with the Ministry of Environment shares, "We want everyone to enjoy themselves while they’re out there hunting this season and we also want them to be safe. One of the main tips is no hunting within 500 m of occupied buildings or trails, that’s for the public safety as well. Don’t carry loaded firearms in a vehicle, things like that and be sure of your target and beyond. Always be safety conscious especially in rifle season, it’s a requirement for hunters who are hunting or anyone who is accompanying them to wear hi-visibility clothing as specified in the legislation, so when they’re hunting big game."
"The other thing we really want to stress is for hunters to respect landowners and to respect the property of the landowners if it’s posted go and ask for permission and if it’s not posted we recommend to go and ask permission as well before going on private land. That way the landowner can determine whether or not where and where you may not be able to hunt, so for safety reasons such as Cattle or trails. Every landowner has that choice whether they wanna allow someone on their land or not."
"The other thing I would just like to add is that if someone out there suspects there are hunting infractions going on during this hunting season to make sure you get a hold of the local ministry office. Another option is they can call the poacher line, which is open 24 hours, at 1-800-667-7561 or if you have a Sasktel phone you can call #5555."