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TURKEY AND GROUSE HUNTING HAVE SPECIAL SAFETY CONCERNS

September 6, 2011

MADISON -- Hunters need to keep safety in mind when hunting turkey and grouse.

"There's something very special about turkey and grouse hunting," says Tim Lawhern, administrator for the State Department of Natural Resources' Division of Enforcement & Science. "And with the enthusiasm that goes along with this type of hunting, we should all be mindful of making sure we return home safe and sound at the end of each hunt."

Here are some things Lawhern says hunters need to keep in mind when going afield after ruffed grouse and fall turkey:

Lawhern suggests that hunters also consider wearing some type of eye protection. A good pair of clear or light-colored safety glasses can go a long way toward avoiding injury to eyes and sight.

Grouse and turkey hunters also need to be aware that there might be other hunters afield at the same time in pursuit of other types of game. Bow hunters may be perched in tree stands and other turkey hunters may be under a tree. Most of them will be wearing full camouflage and will therefore be very hard to see.

"Famed conservationist Aldo Leopold once wrote, 'There are two kinds of hunting: ordinary hunting, and ruffed grouse hunting,'" Lawhern says. "Don't let careless hunting practices spoil this special tradition."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Lawhern - (608) 264-6133

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 06, 2011




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