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Tips to stay safe outdoors this hunting season

From: Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities 

Fall is hunting season in Virginia, similar to most of the United States. If you are in or near the woods during hunting season, regardless of what outdoor activity you are participating in, you should be aware of some basic steps to avoid a hunting-related accident. 

Be prepared during hunting season with these tips:

  • Wear blaze orange to increase your visibility and to help distinguish you from a targeted animal. If you are taking your pet with you, be sure to tie a blaze orange bandana or other clothing item around its collar.

  • Take extra precautions when venturing out during the peak hunting times, typically around dawn and dusk.

  • Use the buddy system. Never be in the woods alone.

  • Know where the public hunting lands are in your area and the exact dates for the various hunting seasons. Research ahead of time where hunting is and is not allowed.

  • Make an itinerary and give a copy to someone who is not going with you. Make sure they know what you are doing, where you plan to be, and when you expect to be back.

  • See Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for more information on hunting seasons and safety in Virginia. 

Safety tips and best practices for hunters:

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries offers hunter education courses, with both in person and online modalities. The courses are designed to teach hunting safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship. 

For more information on staying safe during hunting season, contact

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