Tips to Hunt Safely During Turkey Hunting Season

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- This year Virginia has had two hunting deaths.

The second one happened in the Virginia Beach area on Wednesday.

An avid turkey hunter in Harrisonburg suggests that to stay safe, you have to stay alert.

When you're comfortable around friends or family, it's easier to let your guard down.

For adults, the hunting season for turkeys started on April 13 of this year.

People with the Virginia Game Department said the death in vriginia beach happened when the two hunters separated.

When one saw movement, he fatally shot his friend.

To identify a male turkey, avid hunter Shane Farren said you have to first see that it has a beard.

Then you can focus in on the turkey's movement.

Farren said when you're with a big party or it's even just a few people, you need to know where your other hunters are at at all times.

"Just because you see movement is clearly not a reason to fire, and just because you see similar color is clearly not a reason to fire. During the spring season most people are using camo, but they always label that you shouldn't use any kind of a red or blue handkerchief," said Farren.

Farren also said that for more inexperienced hunters, there's some advice available in the Virginia game book.

They recommend that you put a piece of orange above your head when you're sitting against a tree.

Farren said a lot of people don't do that, but if you want to be extra safe it's an option.

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