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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie offers safety tips for this hunting season

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington offered the following safety tips for hunters and non-hunters during this hunting season.

For hunters:

• Check weather reports before your visit.

• Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will return.

• Be familiar with the area.

• Dress properly and be prepared for the worst possible conditions.

• Check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly. Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.

• Carry a spare set of dry clothing. Use layering techniques to prevent moisture while retaining body warmth. Always bring rain gear.

• Carry a first aid kit.

• Clearly identify your target before shooting.

• Put hunting plans in writing (dates, times, location and expected time of return).

• Be alert when hunting near developed areas and trails.

• Wear hunter orange or another highly visible color. If accompanied by a dog, the dog should also wear hunter orange or a very visible color on a vest, leash, coat or bandana.

Non-hunters:

• Wear bright clothing. Make yourself more visible. Choose colors that stand out, like red or orange, and avoid white, blacks, browns, earth-toned greens and animal-colored clothing.

• Get an orange vest for dogs.

• Make noise. Whistle, sing or carry on a conversation as you walk to alert hunters to your presence.

• Be courteous. Once a hunter is aware of your presence, don’t make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife. Avoid confrontations.

• Make yourself known. If you do hear shooting, raise your voice and let hunters know that you are in the vicinity.

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