Officials urge safety in final weekend of deer hunt

12:12 PM, Nov 24, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - With the closing day of Maine's deer season, the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding hunters about the importance of being safe in the woods.

Closing day for the firearms season is Saturday.

The state hunting law book says target identification is required before shooting at prey.

A hunter may not shoot at a target without being certain that the target is in fact the wild animal or wild bird being sought.

Hunters are also reminded to always wear two pieces of hunter orange that are in good condition, and to always keep the muzzle of a firearm pointed in a safe direction.

The safety reminder comes days after a hunter was shot by another hunter in southern Maine.

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