Fishing & Hunting Safety Tips

Our national forests are a refuge for wild animals, including dangerous animals like bears and venomous snakes. Wild animals can be upset by human presence and can unexpectedly become aggressive. Do not give them a reason or an opportunity to attack. Always keep your distance. Your safety is your responsibility.

  • Tell someone where you will be hunting.
  • Avoid outings alone. If you go alone, be extra careful and hunt in familiar areas.
  • Dress properly and be prepared for the worst possible conditions. Protect against hypothermia.
  • Check the weather forecast before going into the woods.
  • Identify your target before shooting.
  • Check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly. Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.
  • Always wear enough blaze orange to be highly visible to other hunters.