Having a Safe Archery Hunt

Hunter safety is not just for the youth. The Division of Wildlife Resources is offering safety tips for the upcoming archery hunt that kicks off onAugust 20th. According to DWR Hunter Education Coordinator Kirk Smith, there are reports every year of archery hunters injuring themselves and most accidents are caused by not being safe in tree stands or having arrows out before the hunter is ready to shoot. Smith urges safety when using tree stands. “Don’t climb the tree unless you’re certain it’s strong enough to hold you,” says Smith, who recommends portable stands. “Overtime, permanent tree stands can deteriorate and become unsafe...they clutter the landscape [and] can damage or kill trees by hammering nails into them.” The other biggest safety issue during the archery hunt is archers jabbing themselves or other hunters while carrying arrows in hand. “Until you’re ready to shoot,” says Smith, “keep your arrows in a quiver.” For more information on the archery hunt, visit www.wildlife.utah.gov.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.