More hunting accidents from not wearing safety harness - - Jackson, MS

More hunting accidents from not wearing safety harness

By Ashley Conroy

PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Just a week ago, a senior who went to Natchez High School was killed from a gunshot wound in a hunting accident. The 19-year-old wasn't wearing "hunter's orange" for protection.

However, other hunting accidents have occurred since deer season began.

More hunters have visited the emergency room, after falling out of deer stands and injuring themselves from not wearing their safety harness. 

Merchandise Manager Louis Black at Bass Pro Shop says hunting merchandise has gone up this holiday season as opposed to last year, and says it's critical that all hunters wear the harness.

"A lot of people don't want to wear them is because they still remember the old style you had to run a buckle through," Black said. "But these just are quick snaps."

In some instances, Black says wearing the safety harness could mean the difference between serious injury or even life and death.

"A lot of people think just because you're in a ladder stand that they don't have to wear a safety harness. You're still 16 feet in the air which is more than enough to do serious bodily harm."

In addition, state law requires hunters to wear their 500 square inches of hunter's orange when it's firearm season.

According to the Mississippi Fish & Wildlife every resident in Mississippi ages 16 to 64 is required by law to hold a hunting license.

And everyone born after January 1st, 1972 should complete a hunter's safety course.

Overall, Black says it's that one piece of protective gear that can make all the difference.

"I promise you, the two seconds it takes to put it on, is worth every minute if you fall out of a tree stand."

Deer hunting season is officially over by January 31st.

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