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Hunt Pheasants Safely

With the October 1 start of pheasant hunting season comes a reminder from Fish and Game to hunt carefully. "We urge hunters to follow a few simple guidelines to hunt safely and enjoy their times hunting pheasants," says Josh Mackay, Fish and Game's Hunter Education Coordinator. "Pheasant hunting is a lot of fun. It's a great time to be out there, but we want people to do it safely."


Incident numbers from the year 2000 underscore this point: that year, there were four hunting-related shooting injuries in New Hampshire involving all kinds of hunting, none of which was fatal. Three of those four involved pheasant hunting. In one case, a hunter lost an eye, and in the other case, a hunter was shot in the face.


Don't be a pheasant hunter statistic -- follow these safety tips:


  • Control your firearm muzzle at all times.
  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Know where your hunting partners are at all times.
  • Shoot only within your zone of fire.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  • Always keep your hunting dog under control.
  • Wear hunter orange on your head, back and chest.


IMPORTANT: Pheasant season will be closed statewide until noon on in-season stocking days.