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Safety should be top priority during hunting season according to DNR

Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 11/25/2021 5:18PM, Last Updated 11/26/2021 3:06PM
Rhinelander - About half a million people have taken to the woods of Wisconsin hoping for a big one. Curt Rollman is one of those people.

"This is a pretty cool thing to everyone experiencing the same thing together," said Rollman, a deer biologist for the Wisconsin DNR.

Rollman anticipates the hunt every year.

"Just being a part of that and being part of the Wisconsin culture and something that a good percentage of people will be participating in is something that I look forward to every year," said Rollman.

Rollman is also a hunter himself, so he knows the most important thing to remember. And it's not making sure you get the biggest buck.

It's safety. And numbers have already proven it. In the 2020 deer hunt, there were nine injuries and one death from firearms. So far this season, the DNR has reported three firearm accidents opening weekend. On Tuesday, one man in Iron County died from accidentally discharging a firearm.

Rollman reminds hunters and all gun owners of the acronym TABK:

"Treat every firearm like it's loaded, so the T, always point the muzzle in a safe direction, the A, the B, be sure of your target and what is beyond your target, and then the K, keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you're ready to shoot," said Rollman.

Whether you bag a buck or not, Rollman says there are more important things, like safety and doing something you feel passionate about.

"Obviously it's great to have that success finding a deer and a lot of people will, but some people unfortunately won't," said Rollman. "But you are outside. So even if you're not seeing deer, you should be seeing some wildlife and just the time to relax and take away from it, especially after the last year or two that we've had, it's a welcome time away, I feel."
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