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USACE urges safety when hunting in public areas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges all hunters to be safe this fall when hunting at the 18 lakes throughout Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska and the Missouri River.

Whether your hunting season started Labor Day weekend or you are still awaiting your first opportunity to venture out, hunter safety is a must. First, before you put on your hunting gear here are five safety musts to ensure many return visits to that favorite spot:

Follow firearms safety practices

Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Never point a gun at anything you’re not willing to shoot, Ever! Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Know your surroundings

Learn the location of the property boundaries, homes, building, trails, and other recreation areas where you are hunting. Know where to hunt and know where other people and places are located.

Wear safety equipment

State laws require specific safety equipment or attire to be wore while hunting. It is also important to remember to wear your life jacket while hunting from a boat or a safety harness while hunting high up in a tree.

Respect other public land users

Public land allows for multiple different uses. Hikers, bikers, and wildlife watchers have just as much privilege to use public land as hunters. Respect their use too.

Non-hunters near hunting areas

Non-hunters and their pets should wear bright, noticeable clothing and make enough noise for adjacent hunters to know your presence. If you want to avoid hunting altogether many public use areas around the lake are restricted to hunting.

Information and photo thanks to USACE.

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