- Associated Press - Monday, November 24, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Division of Natural Resources is advising hunters to take safety precautions with tree stands as the two-week buck firearms season gets under way.

The season began Monday and runs through Dec. 6.

DNR law enforcement chief Col. Jerry Jenkins says in a news release that tree stand accidents are the most common cause of hunter injuries.

Hunters are advised to use a safety belt or harness when hunting from elevated tree stands. Climbing belts should be used when climbing up or down a tree.

The DNR says hunters also should make sure their guns are unloaded before raising or lowering the weapons with a haul line.

Permanent tree stands should be checked annually. Worn or weak lumber should be replaced.

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