Tuesday, October 22, 2013
hunting

Oklahoma: Hunters Should Wear Proper Safety Gear

AgFax.Com - Your Online Ag News Source


Oklahoma hunters have been checking their trail cameras, climbing into their blinds and slinging arrows at deer since archery season began Oct. 1.

While avid hunters are eager to get out in the wild, there are several safety issues they should consider as hunting season ramps up, said Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist.

“Always wear a fall restraint harness when using an elevated stand,” he said. “This includes climbing into and out of the elevated stand as an estimated 75 percent of accidents occur when climbing into and out of stands. Many accidents occur when people are simply ‘checking on’ a stand but are not prepared with a restraint.”

It is not just deer hunters in tree stands who should take precautions. Waterfowl hunters should always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) while on the water.

Sometimes hunters ignore this precaution because they are already wearing bulky clothing. However, if you are wearing heavy clothing, it is all the more reason to wear a PFD.

“Even an experienced swimmer has little chance of making it to safety in bulky clothing and cold water.  Also, waders quickly fill with water pulling the person under,” Elmore said. “For this reason, either cinch the top of the waders to minimize water intake or wear tighter fitting neoprene waders.”

Before shooting, hunters should be sure their target is in full view with a clear backstop. Bird hunters are particularly at risk, as they tend to hunt in groups in dense cover for fast moving birds going in random directions.

“Make sure you know where your entire hunting party is at all times, avoid shooting at low birds, and wear an orange hat as that may be the only part of you above tall cover,” said Elmore.

Always tell someone where you are hunting and what time to expect you home.  If something happens to you, at least there is someone who knows where to send assistance. Do not count on your cell phone for rescue. It likely will not have coverage and you may be unconscious.

Also, exercise extreme caution when cleaning and processing game.

“This is best carried out with a helper in case of accidents,” Elmore said. “Do not cut toward your body and always use sharp knives. Dull knives require more physical force, which will increase the likelihood of slipping and injuring yourself.”

A few safety precautions can go a long way in ensuring a safe and successful hunting season, at least for the hunters.

Tags: , ,


Leave a Reply

Name and Email Address are required fields. Your email will not be published or shared with third parties.

Sunbelt Ag News

    GMOs – Why Some People Lose Reason About The Technology4-24

    Dow’s Enlist Weed Control – How the System Works4-24

    Grain TV: Brazil Trucker Strike Flares Up Slightly4-24

    Rice Progress: Wet Weather Issues, Planting Delays and Flooded Fields4-24

    DTN Livestock Close: Aggressive Short Covering4-24

    Rice Market: Overbearing Carryover Strain Continues4-24

    New Technology: Can it Help You Cut Costs? Consultants Talk About It. – AgFax Midwest Grain4-24

    Southern Corn Crop – Plenty Of Acreage Still In The Sack – AgFax4-24

    AFB Grain-Soybean Close: Weather Pulls the Rug Under Prices4-24

    AFB Cotton Close: Strong Exports a Boon to Prices4-24

    AFB Rice Close: Exports Unable to Spark Buying4-24

    DTN Grain Close: Favorable Weather Easing Concerns4-24

    Monsanto, Pioneer Genetically Modified Traits Approved by EU – DTN4-24

    USDA: Peanut Price Highlights4-24

    China’s Ag Production: More Corn, Wheat, Rice, Cotton, Less Soybeans4-24

    John Deere: Your Tractor But Not Your Software – DTN4-24

    Dried Distillers Grain: Salt Supplements Save Pasture Grass – DTN4-24

    DTN Livestock Midday: Limited Trade Volume4-24

    Texas: Wheat Field Day, Chillicothe, May 134-24

    Weekly Cotton Market Review – USDA4-24

    DTN Grain Midday: Demand Concerns Promote Selling4-24

    DTN Cotton Open: Cash Grower Sales Resume4-24

    FMC Corporation Completes Acquisition of Cheminova4-24

    Indiana: No-Till and Cover Crops – A Farmer’s View – Video4-24

    DTN Livestock Open: Support from Spillover Buying4-24

    DTN Grain Open: Soybeans Fail to Hold Near Session Highs4-24

    USDA Plan to Lower Greenhouse Gases is a ‘Very Big Deal’ – DTN4-23

    Biofuels: Senators Urge for RFS to Continue Industry Growth – DTN4-23

    U.S. Drought Monitor Quick Look Video – AgFax4-23

    ELS Cotton Competitive Payment Rate Is Zero4-23

    DTN Cotton Close: Strong Exports, Heavy Trade4-23

    Chumrau on Wheat: Competitive Factors Pressuring U.S. Export Pace4-23

    Moving Grains: Barge Rates Down on Improving River Conditions4-23

    U.S. Drought Monitor: Strong Rains in Southeast, Great Plains4-23

    Good on Grain: Spring Wheat Yield Expectations – What Does History Teach Us?4-23

    Alfalfa: From Bone Dry to Fairly Decent Moisture – DTN4-23

    Cutworm Moths on the Move, Don’t Bet on BT Hybrids or Seed Treatments – DTN4-23

    California Oat Hay: Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus Hits Hard, Some Varieties More Tolerant4-23

    Bird Flu: Poultry Produces Watch for Symptoms, CDC Says – DTN4-23

    Irrigation Systems: Are All Your Systems Go?4-23

    Grain TV: Traders Eye Cold Weather in the Midwest4-22

    Residential Propane, Heating Oil: Inventories Increase4-22

    Diesel: Prices Increase Across U.S.4-22

    Gasoline: Average Price Up from Last Week4-22

    U.S. Energy: May Tight Oil Production Expected to be Lower than April’s4-22

    Weed Management: A Regional Approach – Farmdoc4-22

    3 Things to Know About the Current Highly Pathogenic Bird Flu Outbreaks – USDA4-22

    Utah: 2 Counties Declared Natural Disaster Areas Due to Drought – USDA4-22

    Oregon: 4 Counties Declared Natural Disaster Areas Due to Drought – USDA4-22

    USDA’s Hands Tied on Cuban Trade Promotion – DTN4-22

    Soybeans: 5 Million Bushles Ending Stocks Not Helping Prices – Rabobank4-22

    Tree Nuts: U.S. Exports to China Are Down, Prices Remain High – Rabobank4-22

    Corn Market: Next Big Price Factor is Spring Planting – Rabobank4-22

    Fertilizer Market: Prices Decline; Growers Using Less to Do More – Rabobank4-22

    Rice Market: CA Growers Expect Water Cuts; Southern Acreage May Increase – Rabobank4-22

    Cotton Market: Neutral on Old Crop, Bullish New Crop – Rabobank4-22

    Pest Management: 9 Facts Concerning Black Cutworms Popping Up in the Midwest4-22

    Indiana and Nebraska: Weather Challenges are Like Water Off a Duck’s Back to Seasoned Farmers – DTN4-22

    Wheat: Efficacy of Fungicides, Timing Matters4-22

    Herbicide Resistance: Tank Mixing the Key to Control – DTN4-21

    Illinois Corn: Projected Revenues for 2015 – Farmdoc4-21

    Soil Health: Testing Ideas – Are They Worth the Money? – DTN4-21

    Sweet Potatoes Could be an Example of Natural GMOs4-21

    Drought: New Stress Detecting Sensors Help Manage Water Use4-21

    Kentucky: Cover Crop Burndown Tips; Worms and Weevils on the Rise4-21

    USDA: Weekly National Peanut Prices4-21

    Herbicide Resistance: Slowing Weed Evolution with Management Practices4-21

    Grain Sales Direct To Buyer? AgriCharts Rolls Out A Platform.4-21

    Sunbelt Ag Events

     

    About Us

    AgFax.Com covers agricultural trends and production topics, with an emphasis on news about cotton, rice, peanuts, corn, soybeans, wheat and tree crops, including almonds, pecans, walnuts and pistachios.

      

    This site also serves as the on-line presence of electronic crop and pest reports published by AgFax Media LLC (formerly Looking South Communications).

        

    Click here to subscribe to our free reports.

      

    We provide early warnings and confirmations about pests, diseases and other factors that influence yield. Our goal is to quickly provide farmers and crop advisors with information needed to make better and more profitable decisions.

         

    Our free weekly crop and pest advisories include:

    • AgFax Midsouth Cotton, covering cotton production and news in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Missouri.

    • AgFax Southeast Cotton, covering cotton production and news in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

    • AgFax Southwest Cotton (new for 2013!), covering cotton production and news in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico.

    • AgFax West (formerly MiteFax: SJV Cotton), covering California cotton, alfalfa, tomatoes and other non-permanent crops in California's Central Valley.

    • AgFax Rice covering rice production and news in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas.

    • AgFax Peanuts, covering peanut production in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

    • AgFax Southern Grain: covering soybeans, corn, milo and small grains in Southern states.

    • AgFax Almonds, covering almonds, pistachios, walnuts and other tree crops in California's Central Valley.

    • AgCom 101, providing guidance to ag professionals involved in social media.

    Our newsletters are sponsored by the following companies: FMC Corporation Chemtura Dow AgroSciences.

          

    Mission statement:

    Make it as easy as possible for our community of readers to find and/or receive needed information.

              

    Contact Information:

    AgFax Media. LLC

    142 Westlake Drive Brandon, MS 39047

    601-992-9488 Office

    Owen Taylor Debra L. Ferguson Laurie Courtney

          

    Circulation Questions?

    Contact Laurie Courtney +