Forest Service Reminds Visitors About Safety As 2013 Hunting Season Begins

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With archery season for deer hunting rapidly approaching, the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina reminds hunters and non-hunters to practice safety when visiting the Croatan, Uwharrie, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests.

The deer season for archery starts Sept. 9 in parts of western North Carolina and Sept. 7 in most other parts of the state.

Hunters and non-hunters should follow simple steps to ensure they return home safely during hunting season. The Forest Service’s safety tips are available online at:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/home/?cid=STELPRDB5416422

For information on when and where deer can be hunted in North Carolina, visit:

http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Regs/Documents/2013-14//Deer_Seasons.pdf

Hunters must have the proper licenses and know the regulations when recreating in the national forests. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website, http://www.ncwildlife.org/Hunting/LawsSafety.aspx, gives hunters the information they need to hunt legally.

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