OUR VOICE: Safety and fun go together when hunting

Farm Forum

Welcome to all of our visiting hunters!

Some things bear repeating, especially when it comes to hunter safety at this time of year:

Before venturing out into the field, become familiar with your weapon. Know how it works; know its range.

Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it. Wear hunter orange. Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Always point your gun in a safe direction. Keep guns unloaded unless actively hunting in the field. Keep the safety on until you’re ready to shoot. Keep your fingers off the trigger until you’re ready to fire. Contact landowners for permission to hunt. You asked last year? Ask again. Respect the landowners, land and its resources. Know and obey laws. Make sure you have a valid license. Hunt away from livestock and buildings. Don’t litter. Don’t drink and hunt. Respect others’ hunting space. Control your emotions when hunting. Remember, you have a loaded firearm in your hands. Always let someone know where you are hunting and when you plan to return. Turn in poachers by calling 888-683-7224. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable visit to South Dakota.

— American News editorial board