Josh Mackay: (603) 271-3214
Jay Martin: (603) 271-3211
September 18, 2019
CONCORD, NH — Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to put on a bright orange article of clothing when they head afield this fall. Wearing a fluorescent orange hat, vest, or jacket makes you highly visible, one of several key safety precautions for hunters, hikers, and others enjoying the autumn woods. Several hunting seasons are already underway in New Hampshire (see www.huntnh.com/hunting/hunt-dates.html).
“Wearing blaze orange has definitely been shown to decrease hunting incidents across the country,” said Josh Mackay, who coordinates the Hunter Education Program at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Mackay stressed that, along with wearing blaze orange, the top safety rules for hunters are controlling the muzzle of your gun at all times and positively identifying your target — and what’s beyond –100 percent of the time.
Overall, New Hampshire has an excellent record for hunter safety, largely attributable to the state’s effective Hunter Education programs. The average number of hunting-related incidents in New Hampshire per year has gone down each decade since Hunter Education classes were required beginning in the 1970s.
It’s a good idea for all outdoor enthusiasts heading outdoors in the fall to think safety by wearing blaze orange, sticking to established trails when hiking, and reviewing the safe hiking guidelines at www.hikesafe.com.