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Hunting Safety Regulations

  1. Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm.
  2. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction. Do not load firearm until safely in the stand, keeping the safety on until ready to shoot. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. Identify your target and what is beyond it. Know the identifying features of the game you hunt.
  4. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions and that you have only ammunition of the proper size for the firearm you are carrying.
  5. Unload firearms when not in use. Leave the actions open. Firearms should be carried empty in cases to and from hunting area.
  6. Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot. Do not horseplay with a firearm.
  7. Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch or log with a loaded firearm. Never pull a firearm towards you by the muzzle.
  8. Wear a safety orange hat and/or vest at all times while on the property when hunting deer, feral pig, squirrel, and quail.
  9. When hunting for deer or feral pigs, hunters must hunt at least 10-feet off the ground but no more than 20 feet.
  10. No type of tree stand may be erected on a dead tree (snag) or a tree with the upper 1/3 of the branches dead.
  11. When hunting for deer or feral pigs, hunters must use a properly maintained stand that is certified by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA).
  12. Use a full-body safety harness at all times while in tree stand.
  13. Each hunter must possess a working flashlight and use it while going to and from hunting area during the period of darkness.
  14. Hunt in your designated hunting area only. Do not stray from your area for any reason.
  15. No alcohol or other mind-altering drug may be ingested eight hours prior to or during the hunt.
  16. No hunter may track an animal alone or without a Howell Woods staff member or designated hunt volunteer.
  17. Emergency phone numbers: Howell Woods Office: 919-938-0115 or call 911.
  18. All violators of any safety protocol will be immediately removed, without refund, from the property and prohibited from any future hunting opportunities at Howell Woods.

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