- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department is reminding hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to wear a bright orange article of clothing when they head out - such as a hat, vest or jacket.

It’s a key precaution for hunters, hikers and others.

“It’s important for outdoors enthusiasts generally, but especially for hunters, because the overwhelming majority of hunting-related incidents involve members of hunting parties,” said Josh Mackay, who coordinates the department’s hunter education program.

Mackay says hunters also should take care to control the muzzle of their guns at all times and positively identify their target - and what’s beyond.

The average number of hunting-related incidents per year has gone down each decade in New Hampshire since mandatory hunter education classes were introduced in the 1970s.

The 1960s saw an average of 21.4 incidents per year. Fewer incidents have occurred each decade since, with an average of 3.4 incidents per year since 2002.

Fall turkey archery season is underway. Deer season begins Oct. 31 for those who hunt with muzzleloaders.

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