Hunters focus on firearms safety

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – While this past Tuesday was a big day for Americans heading to the polls this upcoming Tuesday will be a big day for some Michigan residents for a completely different reason.

In just two days the firearms hunting season begins and local hunters are hoping to continue a 2-year safety trend.

Brian Wood, Total Firearms employee, sums up what can happen when firearms deer season opens. “Opening day, you always get the guys out there that just start lobbing lead, not necessarily aiming just, hoping to hit.”

Wood has been a hunter his entire life and he says it’s crucial to be aware of all the safety precautions before making your way out to the woods.

“I recommend a vest and a hat,” says Wood. “That pretty much covers anybody, if you’re sitting in a blind where you’re mostly obscured, take your hat off put a nail in the tree behind you. Just so that any other hunters in the immediate area can verify okay, that’s the location of another person.”

“A very important thing to take into consideration is driving particularly Tuesday night is going to be, it’s going to be paramount to put your phone down, look out the window. All the shots popping during the day, the deer are going to be on the move. Once it starts getting dark, they’re going to be moving a lot faster.”

According to the Department of Natural Resources, for the second year in a row, Michigan recorded zero fatalities during all hunting seasons.

But that doesn’t mean there weren’t any reported injuries.

And gun owner David Bozzo says the number one thing to remember is to always keep your finger off the trigger.

“Always treat that weapon as if it were loaded,” says Bozzo. “So if Iwere to hand you a pistol or a rifle, before you put your finger on that trigger, you want open that, and oh this is loaded.”

Bozzo visits the gun range every Sunday and when it comes to safety, he says it starts in your head, not the button on the side of the gun.

“The general awareness of firearm safety has caught on with everyone,” reminds Bozzo. “And again you have to treat that firearm with respect, no matter what it is, a rifle or a gun.”

Officials say if you plan on participating on Tuesday just a reminder that you can shoot off your firearms a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.

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