COLUMBIA, Conn. (WTNH) — All was quiet Wednesday at Center Sports. That’s because many of the customers and workers were out in the woods for this opening day of deer hunting season.
The Columbia store has everything hunters need including blaze orange gear to keep them safe and some good advice from a firearms instructor. Steve Kegler says when you’re done hunting unload your gun.
“If you’re crossing the road or a fence your gun action should be open. The gun should not have a round chambered,” says Kegler. “You’re apt to drop the gun and the gun could go off.”
DEEP, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, uses the acronym ACTT to keep hunters safe.
· Assume the firearm is LOADED.
· Control the MUZZLE; keep it pointed in a safe direction.
· Trigger – keep your finger off the TRIGGER until ready to shoot.
· Target – be sure of the TARGET and what lies beyond it.
“Identifying what you know before you pull that trigger. Once you pull it you can’t take it back so you want to Identify what you’re shooting at is key,” says hunter Joshua Lanati.
He even uses binoculars to make sure he knows exactly what he’s seeing. There are times joggers have crossed his path.
He says you need to know who else is in the woods, including other hunters, and you have to know your boundary lines. The aim is to avoid accidents.
“Get some toilet paper that’s not white,” says Lanati. “So that’s another thing too.”
A flash of white can look like a deer tail.
“Dad taught me well when I was a kid so you learn… and I never seen a human look like a deer yet,” says Lanati.
Even if you’re not hunting you should wear bright colors like the blaze orange if you’re going for a walk or going hiking in the woods because hunters say that color really stands out from all others.