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September 27, 2013

Remember to play it safe this hunting season


Sure there are some huge bucks out there, but the chances of a kid harvesting one of them isn’t very good. A junior hunter will be very happy with any buck, or even a doe for that matter.

I applaud the DEC for holding youth hunts for deer and turkeys because kids are the future of hunting.

Last fall, I took my grandson hunting on opening day of the regular gun season. He passed up a small buck twice that first morning because he wanted to take a bigger one. Later in the season, he harvested a small doe. It may not have been the deer he was hoping for, but he was happy.

There’s one other point I feel must be addressed: Climbing up trees into tree stands without a proper safety system is dangerous.

A woman I know just fell while setting up her stand and broke her back. She’s going to be OK, but she was really lucky. A fall like that could have left her paralyzed or even dead. So use your safety harnesses, know your target and be safe while in the woods.

Have a great and safe hunting season.

Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at

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