Attention students, faculty and staff! This year we have many hunts to choose from so take your pick! You can choose to hunt deer, elk, antelope, moose, cougar, coyotes, and many other animals. But along with the hunts come many dangers. While hunting you have to be extremely cautious of all of the dangerous factors which can vary depending on the animals locations and the animals themselves like sickness or dangerous terrains. This year bear tracks were found fresh many times while hunting and scouting.
When you come across any fresh bear tracks, if you do, it is suggested to keep up your defenses or leave the area as soon as possible to avoid being attacked. If you walk into the path of a bear make yourself look bigger and only use a weapon if it is necessary! Another thing you should be cautious of is your kill. There have been a few cases this year of sick deer, elk, and moose with an illness called chronic wasting disease as well as whirling diseases like the West Nile virus and Avian Influenza. If you come across a sick animal report it to the DWR immediately. Remember to always wear gloves when handling your kill.
This years hunt is sure to be a safe one if everyone follows important safety procedures. Make sure you watch out for rough and dangerous terrains and don’t do anything you think might be potentially dangerous to you and the people with you. Always hunt with a friend, but most importantly have fun!
By : Valery O’Neil