LEEDS – Hunting Season is upon us and the Leeds Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) encourages hunters to learn and adhere to the following list of rules when hunting in Leeds County.
Some safety rules hunters are asked to keep in mind during the hunting season:
Hunting Safety Rules:
· All hunters must wear solid hunter orange clothing (a minimum of 400 square inches or 2,580 square centimetres above the waist) and a hunter orange head cover during gun seasons for deer, moose and elk. Outside the gun seasons 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. In many parts of Ontario it is also illegal to have a loaded firearm, or discharge a firearm, in any part of the right of way.
· Firearms must be unloaded and safely secured (in a locked cabinet with a lock on the trigger) when not being used and ammunition must also be safely secured and stored. Failing to do so is against the law!
· Never drink alcohol and hunt.
· 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 it strikes.
· Keep 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 to start one.
· Carry a map and compass or GPS unit and know how to use them.