MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - DNR officials are offering some last minute safety tips before you head out into the woods for the gun deer season this weekend.
Big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang says everyone who's heading up into a tree should have a harness. "It's always a bad idea to make your own or try to use a rope. They can restrict breathing and things like that. You're better off to spend a little money, go out and get yourself a good harness and tie yourself into that stand so you don't fall." Falling out of stands is one of the most common cause of injuries during the deer hunt.
It is going to be cold this weekend, so before you head out, Wallenfang says you should give any space heater or stove you're bringing with you an inspection. "Test it the night before, make sure whatever fuel source you're using isn't leaking or anything like that which could cause a fire inside of your blind. Keep it away from the sides, keep it away from your clothing and make sure you're not going to have a fire you didn't expect."
Wallenfang also suggests you bring a cell phone, a whistle and a first aid kit with you in case of emergencies. You should also let people know where you're going to be. "Hunting can be pretty exerting on your body, and you have to know your limitations. If you're not in the best health, it's always better to hunt with somebody."
You can find more deer safety tips online at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/deer.html