Safety is Key at Lake of the Woods
Safety is always the key word at Lake of the Woods. Winter seems to have arrived early and the ground is covered with a few inches of snow. Ice skims are showing up on the bays in the area and that makes Enthused Ice Fishing Anglers Excited!!!
However, today is the time to speak of safety! Because the sport is so popular, people are always itching to get on the ice. We will CAUTION you though to not get ahead of Mother Nature. She has a mind of her own and dictates ice forming and temperatures.
Minnesota DNR puts out great guidelines of safety on the ice. Please check out their sight but here’s some info that you must adhere to.
UNDER 4″ – STAY OFF
4″ – Ice fishing or other activities on foot
5″ – 7″ – Snowmobile or ATV
8″ – 12″ – Car or small pickup
12″ – 15″ – Medium truck
Don’t take chances!! There is always someone who is the first one to walk out, take out an ATV or drive a vehicle. Let the resorts who are trained, who are on the ice daily and have years of experience guide you in what can be used and what is too heavy for the ice conditions. Resort owners, guides, and those who build the ice roads are always ready to give information to keep everyone who visits this area safe.
Here’s another item to speak about regarding safety!!
White tail deer season is upon us and hunters are scouting the land looking for indications of deer travel and also getting all their gear together for the hunt. Consider Lake of the Woods for your fall hunting destination.
One of the most common way hunters get hurt is by falling from a tree stand. Many of these falls happen getting in or out of a tree stand. It is important to be connected to the tree at all times. Take a few extra minutes this year to take that one extra step for safety! Your life and well being may depend upon it.
Tree Stand Safety!
1. Always carry a cell phone and keep it on yourself. Don’t put it in a pack that you may take off and hang in the tree because if you fall you want your phone readily available to call for help.
2. Always install and maintain tree stands with at least one other person.
3. Check all your steps and straps and replace anything that is worn or weathered.
4. Always wear a full body harness when in a tree stand. Wear it properly.
5. Always use a rope to pull up your gun or bow.
6. Be aware of your surroundings and never shoot towards another hunter.
1. Become familiar with your firearm. Know how to carry it, load it, unload it, and know what to expect when you pull the trigger.
2. Always assume every gun is loaded and always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Never point your gun at another person.
3. Never put your finger on the trigger unless you intend to shoot.
4. Your firearm has a safety. Keep it in the ‘On’ position until you intend to shoot.
5. Be sure of your target and what is behind it before pulling the trigger.
There are so many different ways for a hunter to get injured or worse during the deer season, but more injuries and deaths are caused by falls from tree stands during the deer season than any other type of accident.
Wear Blaze Orange for Safety!
The visible portion of a cap and outer clothing above the waist, excluding sleeves and gloves, must be blaze orange when hunting or trapping during any open season where deer may be taken by firearms (including special hunts, early antlerless, youth seasons and muzzleloader). Blaze orange includes a camouflage pattern of at least 50 percent blaze orange within each square foot.
Some safety tips for nonhunters:
- Wear bright clothing. Choose colors that stand out, like red, orange or green, and avoid white, blacks, browns, earth-toned greens and animal-colored clothing. Blaze orange vests and hats are advisable.
- Don’t forget to protect pets. Get an orange vest for an accompanying dog.
- Make noise. Whistle, sing or carry on a conversation when walking to alert hunters that someone is in the area. Sound carries well across woods and forests, and hunters should listen for any sounds of animal movement.
- Be courteous. Don’t make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife. Avoid confrontations.
- Make presence known. If a nonhunter hears shooting, the person should raise their voice and let hunters know they’re in vicinity.
- Know the dates of hunting seasons. Learn about where and when hunting is taking place.
- If hunting makes a nonhunter uneasy, the nonhunter should choose a hike in a location where hunting is not allowed.
Lake of the Woods loves to have visitors come to the area whether fishing, riding ATVs, hunting or discovering the natural beauty of the area. However, it’s always about safety in all that you do. Enjoy your outdoor adventures!!
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