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Safety is the target this gun deer season


Story By Lilly Zoller
Local News Published 11/20/2021 5:27PM, Last Updated 11/21/2021 9:50AM
Northwoods - Today marks a day that many Wisconsinites have had circled in their calendar for weeks: the start of gun deer hunting season. While this season presents the same opportunity as past years for hunters to get together and spend time outdoors, this season brings new risks. As the pandemic continues to rage, doctors say that it's important to think about the group you go hunting with so that you can protect yourself from COVID-19 and protect your family as well.

"I think if you have a small group of individuals in your deer camp, 10 people or under, you're all fully vaccinated, you're not having any symptoms, you know going to deer camp this year poses a fair bit less risk than it did last year," said Dr. Jeff Pothof, the chief quality officer at UW Health.

But the new normal we're living in doesn't eliminate the traditional risks associated with hunting. Here in Wisconsin, falls from tree stands are the leading cause of injury for deer hunters.

"It's really important that anyone who's gonna go in a tree stand has a safety harness on that keeps you connected to the tree at all times," said Pothof.

Those precautions, in addition to safe gun handling practices, are the keys to a successful hunting season. The 2021 deer gun hunting season runs through next Sunday. 
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