Archery deer season is underway and state officials are urging West Central Illinois hunters to make safety a top priority.
Tim Schweizer is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He says there are typically about two dozen hunting accidents in the state every year and many of them involve tree stands.
“Hunters either climbing into the tree, out of the tree, sitting in the tree and maybe falling asleep while they’re waiting for the deer will fall out of the tree stand and are injured as a result,” says Schweizer.
Schweizer says there are several safety precautions for hunters to remember.
“Check the ladder stands before climbing to make sure they’re secure,” says Schwiezer. “Wear a full arrest system or a full body safety harness when leaving the ground until returning to the ground, and use a haul line to raise and lower your equipment.”
Other safety tips include always being aware of surroundings and knowing what is beyond the target.
The firearm deer season starts in mid-November, but this weekend is a youth firearm deer weekend.
For more information visit dnr.illinois.gov.