Forest Service Reminds Visitors About Safety As 2013 Hunting Season Begins

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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