Wis. DNR stressing deer hunt safety

Wisconsin’s gun deer season doesn’t start for another week and a half, but state wildlife officials have started to remind hunters to play it safe.

The Department of Natural Resources says hunters should treat every firearm as if it’s loaded, always point the muzzle in a safe direction, be certain of their target and what’s beyond and keep fingers outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.

The agency also is reminding hunters to use a harness in tree stands and make sure guns are empty when climbing in or out of stands.

Wisconsin has seen four gun seasons — 1972, 2010, 2011 and 2013 — where no one was killed.

The 2014 9-day gun season opens on Nov. 22 and runs through Nov. 30.