ALBANY — Small game hunting seasons are underway statewide, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Season dates, bag limits, and other regulations are available in the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which can be obtained from a license-issuing agent or on DEC’s website.

Although statistics show hunting in New York is safer than ever, mistakes are made every year.

The DEC believes every hunting-related shooting incident is preventable, and hunters are encouraged to use common sense this season and to remember what they learned in DEC Hunter Education Course.

Safety advice includes:

n Point your gun in a safe direction.

n Treat every gun as if it were loaded.

n Be sure of your target and beyond.

n Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

In addition to blaze orange or pink being required for hunting big game with firearms, the DEC encourages small game hunters to wear blaze orange or blaze pink.

Wearing orange or pink prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal or shooting in a hunter’s direction.

Hunters wearing blaze orange are seven times less likely to be shot.

For more information and safety tips, visit the DEC’s website and watch videos about hunter safety.

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