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Full-Body Harness Required on WMAs
October 01, 2010
Hunting on an Alabama Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is easily one of the safest outdoor recreational activities there is. However, each season accidents happen that could easily be avoided. A fall from an elevated shooting position is often the most serious and preventable accident a hunter will face. Current WMA hunting regulations require hunters to use a full-body harness capable of supporting their own body weight; wearing one can save your life.
According to Corky Pugh, Director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, wearing a full-body harness is not only a potential lifesaver it is the law on WMAs. “With the hunting accident rate declining over past decades, the past few hunting seasons have been the safest on record,” Pugh said. “Improved hunter awareness coupled with the mandatory full-body harness regulation on State WMAs has made a safe activity even safer.”
To help ensure a safe and successful season, hunters are encouraged to follow the simple treestand/elevated shooting platform safety precautions listed below:
For more hunting safety tips visit, www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/education/huntingtips.cfm.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .