IDNR Deer

(Illinois Department of Natural Resources photo)

Illinois hunters will be out this time of year and state officials are reminding those who take to the woods to remember safety precautions.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Rachel Torbert says tree stands are one of the biggest concerns.

Officials say that of those statistics, most of the mishaps involving elevated stands, hunters were not using a restraint system.

Other reminders for hunters include: having cellphones within easy reach to call for help, if needed. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded, and never assume a firearm is unloaded. Be sure of the target, and make sure there are no other hunters, homes, buildings, vehicles or other animals beyond the target; and keep their finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger until they are ready to shoot.

Illinois’ busiest hunting season, the seven-day firearm deer season, begins on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22-24, and will conclude Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 5-8. The Illinois Archery Deer Season opened Oct. 1 and continues through Jan. 19, 2020. Archery deer season is closed during the firearm deer weekends except in counties where firearm deer hunting is not permitted.