Whitesburg KY

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Your aim should be safety first

November 10 was the opening day of rifle season, and the starting of rut for those big bucks. Please be careful. Bullets have no eyes. Once sent on their way, there is no calling them back. Make 100 percent sure you know what you are shooting at.

It is always a good idea to check what is behind that big buck that you may hit by accident. Always, always wear your hunter orange; it could save your life.

Make sure your barrel is clear of any obstructions. I had a friend who once left his rifle in his barn. A few days later he got to thinking about cleaning his firearm. After just leaving it in the barn for less than a week, a mud-dobber had already built a nest in the barrel. Had he shot his rifle, it could have blown up.

If you slip and fall in the woods, always check to see that no mud went into the barrel of your gun. If you are hunting from a tree stand, always make sure you use your safety harness and climber rope. A fall from a few feet will cause serious harm.

I hope each and every one of you have a safe and enjoyable hunt. Let’s do it the right way, so you may get home to your family. Send me your pictures and information and I will try to get it to press.

Thanks again. Be safe, and have fun.

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