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