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Hunters practice safety on day one of firearm season in MI

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Hunters pulled up at the State Game Area in Jones Michigan Thursday, with deer in tow.

"It sort of gets in your blood like a fever,  you can't help it," says hunter Donald Seals.

"Deer season's the season," says Ken McClash.

"Everybody hunts around here. Everybody's got their own land, everybody hunts in this whole area," Roger Pankey.

They've been anxious for firearm season to start, but now that it's here, DNR officer Kenneth Kesson says safety should be on every hunter's mind. "Hunter safety involves making sure you know what you're shooting at, making sure you know what's behind your target."

He also reminds hunters to wear something orange. "This simple item of clothing can save your life by making you visible."

Accidents can happen on the ground and when you're several feet up. Kesson says every year people suffer injuries or die from falling out of tree stands. "People fall asleep, unforeseen circumstances can occur, it's important to be alert and aware."

Ken McClash took a fall a few years ago, but says it's an easy accident to avoid. "It's not fun when you hit the ground, so wear a harness."

By sticking to some simple rules, Kesson says everyone will enjoy the season, well, except maybe the deer.

"Be safe, be courteous to people, be responsible," says Kesson.

So whether you're hunting alone, with a group, or with your spouse, "We've been doing it for 30 years, it's something we've always done. Hunt, fish, we do it together," says Kelly Wetherbee.

Follow the rules and regulations and maybe you'll be successful at the end of the day.

"I'm all done now, I'm gonna go home and relax," says Harold Wetherbee.

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