LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) Hunters around the state are putting on their camouflage and heading into the field as the 2019 Spring turkey hunting season begins on Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters to stay safe when hunting this Spring. According to the DNR, 80 percent of accidents during turkey season involve hunters mistaking other hunters for game.
Here are some simple rules that the DNR suggests for a safe and successful hunt:
- Identify your target; it’s not a good enough reason to take a shot when a hunter only thinks they are seeing a legal target.
- Do not shoot at sound and movement.
- Be certain of your target, what’s in front of it and beyond it.
- Avoid wearing red, white and blue. These colors are also shared by gobblers.
- Use gobble calls only to locate a tom, not to attract one. Some other hunter might think you’re a turkey.
- Keep hands and head camouflaged when calling.
- Never carry or move an uncovered decoy.
Ron Lichtie, a wildlife biologist from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says not knowing your target is one of the main causes of accidents, “When you are out in the woods make sure that you know who is hunting in the area and make sure of your target and whats beyond. Most of the incidents that we see, or accidents that we see is somebody shoots at movement or they are not quite sure what’s beyond and there could be a other hunter in camouflage that you just don’t see, so making sure of your target and whats beyond is key.”
Bonus turkey tags for the 2019 Spring harvest are currently available for purchase. Those tags cost $10 for residents and $15 for non- residents and can be purchased at the DNR office.