This means hunters in Macon County and the western mountains are heading to the woods and fields in an attempt to bag a gobbler.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, whether you’re a hunter or non-hunter, there are some simple safety tips you can follow to make sure you and others stay safe during hunting season.
Some of those tips include:
• Check weather reports before visiting the forest.
• -Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will return.
• -Be familiar with the area you want to hunt.
• -Dress properly and be prepared for the worst possible conditions.
• -During certain seasons, hunters must wear hunter orange viewable from all directions.
• -If accompanied by a dog, the dog should also wear hunter orange or a very visible color on a vest, leash, coat or bandana.
• -Check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly. Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.
• -Be alert when hunting near developed areas and trails. Other recreationists are in the forest as well.
A complete list of safety tips is posted online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/home/?cid=stelprdb5329317
Also, many anglers are already hitting the waterways of North Carolina in search of that big catch.
Hunters and anglers must have the proper licenses and know the regulations when recreating in the national forests. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website gives hunters and anglers (as well as trappers) all the information they need. Go to: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Licensing/Regulations.aspx