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Tips provided for wild turkey season

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Indiana Conservation Officers would like the 2012 spring wild turkey hunting season to be the safest on record.

Here are a few tips for hunters to avoid accidents in the field:

* Identify your target and what is beyond it,

* Never shoot at sound or movement,

* Select a hunting position that covers your backside,

* Do not wear red, white or blue clothing, and

* Always keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction.

Hunters should be 100 percent positive that what they are firing at is a wild turkey, and not possibly another hunter. Occasionally in areas with dense vegetation, a hunter has mistook another hunter, for a wild turkey.

It is extremely important that hunters use good judgment when aiming at their intended target.

Shooting at a sound or movement could constitute a great risk.

Wild turkey hunters often choose to sit at the base of a tree when hunting.

It is both good hunting practice, and safer, to choose a tree wider than your shoulder width.

This better conceals the hunter, and could shield them from being mistaken for a wild turkey.

A male wild turkey head can appear red, white or blue. Avoid displaying red, white or blue on your person when in the field to prevent being mistaken for a wild turkey. It is also important for hunters to maintain control of the muzzle of their firearm when in the field. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.

Indiana spring wild turkey season dates are Wednesday, April 25, to Sunday, May 13.

To access the spring turkey hunting guide, including license requirements, log on to www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/.

To purchase an Indiana hunting or fishing license online, log on to www.Outdoor.IN.gov, or call 317-232-4200.

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