Firearm Hunting Season

By: Lori Jane Gliha
By: Lori Jane Gliha

Firearm hunting season starts Friday. Hunters are stocking up on their bullets and guns, but some doctors warn hunters to stock up on safety equipment to avoid accidents.

Experts say nearly one in three hunters who use elevated hunting equipment - like a tree stand - will fall out of it some time during their life.

Emergency room doctor, David Castle, says patients come into the E.R. with broken legs, arms and spinal injuries.

He says hunters who use tree stands should invest in a harness that supports a hunter's waist and shoulders.

Doctors also say hunters should beware if their heart is beating quickly or if they are short of breath. Doctors say some hunters - particularly older hunters - will go into cardiac arrest, especially after a rigorous and exciting day of hunting.

For more information about the hunting season log onto www.michigan.gov/dnr


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