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Safe Bowhunting Tips

Michigan’s bowhunting season opened, Oct. 1, and the Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are sharing tips for a safe bowhunting experience.

“Bowhunting is a popular pastime in Michigan and we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable hunting season,” said Sgt. Tom Wanless, supervisor of the DNR’s hunter education program. “There are some common-sense safety tips every hunter should review before heading to the woods.”

The top safety tips for bowhunting are:

– Before you go out, inspect equipment, including your tree stand. If anything is worn, frayed, cracked or peeling, replace it or get it fixed. If using a compound bow or crossbow, make sure the cables and pulleys are in good working order.

– When sharpening broadheads, be careful and take your time.

– Practice tree-stand safety. Nearly every year, a Michigan hunter is killed or seriously injured because he or she fell out of a tree stand. The DNR recommends using a full-body safety harness to get into and out of your tree stand.

– If using a tree stand, always use a haul line to raise and lower your gear.

– Keep arrows in the quiver until you are ready to use them. A common injury is to stab or injure yourself or a hunting companion while carrying arrows in your hand or nocked on your bow.

– Obtain permission from a landowner before hunting on his or her land, or using their land to access public land.

– Never take a shot at a deer that is beyond the maximum effective range at which you are comfortable shooting.

– If you are successful, field dress your deer and cool its meat immediately. Michigan’s unpredictable weather means we sometimes have warm October days. Warm temperatures can cause the meat to spoil quickly.

– When heading out to the woods, make sure you tell someone reliable where you are going and what time to expect you back. This information is valuable in helping conservation officers or sheriff’s deputies to find you if you are lost.

– Also, think about carrying a cell phone, a compass, a flashlight and other small safety items when in the woods.

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Dick Scott Collision & Auto Glass Sponsors 2011 Buck Pole

The fourth annual Williamston Buck Pole kicks off Monday, Nov. 15, from 4-9 p.m., with additional scoring Nov. 20 from 4-9 p.m., and during the Grand Finale on Sunday, Nov. 27 from 4-9 p.m.

All events take place at Merindorf Meats, 500 Williamston Center Road in Williamston. Additional sponsors are still welcome.

The cost to enter the contest is $10 per deer. Scoring will be in line with Boone & Crockett “gross” standards. All deer scored will only be scored once. Hunters must obey all local ordinances regarding possession of weapons in city limits. All entries must be legally tagged and completely field-dressed. All deer must have been harvested in the legal 2011 hunting season.

Hunters must provide information about the area, time and person who harvested the deer.

Deer brought in must be hung on the pole for the remainder of the contest time that day, weather permitting.

Hunters must register their deer by 8 p.m. on Nov. 27, to be considered for judging. Awards for men, women, and youth in: overall score typical; overall score non-typical; heaviest antlered; heaviest non-antlered; antlers only. Every youth hunter will receive a prize.

This year’s sponsors include: Mathews Bows; The Artisan Circle; Bill’s Wrecker; Hunt Wiser; ATSKO; Wilderness Dreams; Breath-Taker; Whitetail Adrenaline; Joey’s Pet Outfitters; Tina Brookhouse Studio; Brookshire Inn; Carquest; Fifth Third Bank; J&B Shoes; Darex Work Sharp; Edward Jones, Benjamin Eichler; Citizens Bank; Kiwanis Club of Williamston; Sun Theatre; True Value Hardware; Williamston Masonic Lodge; GLS Heating; Greenstone Farm Credit; John Donohoe; Lakota Electric; Grand Rental; Wood & Sons; RW Firearms; The Ammo Dump; Retroduck; Dick Scott Collision; and Wrangler Jeans.

For more information, contact the Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce, (517) 655-1549,

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