Mike “Cold Front” Kurre’s Deer hunting tactics, safety tips and venison care 25 Oct 12

This week on News at Noon with Chris Adamson Mike “Cold Front” Kurre from the Minnesota Departmentof Natural Resources shared with us deer hunting tactics, safety and venison care. Hear Cold Front’scomments live every Thursday on 1350 AM KCHK, 95.5 FM KRDS and online at KCHKradio.net

  • Smell like nothing – be void of human and artificial senses as much as possible!
  • Walk like a deer?
  • Leave no trace – garbage, carcasses, tree stands
  • Registration is easy in most areas of the state via the phone or web – only in a CWD zone doyou still have to bring an animal to be inspected.
  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
  • Always control the muzzle, keeping it pointed away others and yourself.
  • Keep fingers outside the trigger guard until you are absolutely sure it’s safe to fire.
  • Carefully identify your target, ensuring you have a safe backstop before shooting.
  • Never load or unload firearms around others.
  • Be sure that the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  • Never climb a tree or jump a ditch with a loaded firearm.
  • Always ask permission before entering private land
  • As a guest of the landowner, act accordingly.
  • NO alcoholic beverages or other mood-altering drugs before or while hunting.
  • Wear plenty of blaze orange; the minimum requirement is a blaze orange cap and blazeorange above the waist.
  • # 1 accident is falls from treestands & I’m one of them!
  • Hunting safety is everyone’s responsibility.
  • Safe zone of fire is especially important.
  • Properly identifying your target and who or what’s beyond the target is a basic rule of huntingsafety
  • Hunters must always be aware of surroundings and never shoot at a sound or movement,which could be from another hunter rather than a deer. A person has been shot from a horse andan ATV.
  • 157 citations and 52 warnings for hunting over bait, while 93 citations and 24 warningswere issued for transporting an uncased/loaded firearm. Shooting from the road right-of-way atbig game is also a top violation, with a five-year average of 68 citations and eight warnings eachyear. Failure to validate a tag, untagged game, and having no license round out the other top hunting violations for 2011.
  • Other common infractions include trespass, deer shining, failure to register game andlicense not in possession.
  • Be respectful of your fellow hunter….if somebody beats you to your favorite spot onpublic land….head on down the trail and find a new spot well away from the other hunter. Firstcome…..first serve!
  • Make a good shot, doesn’t have to be the perfect shot, but respect the deer. Resistshooting at running deer….know your target and what beyond. I’ve seen parts of deer hit thattell me the hunter did not have control of their shot.
  • Hide and venison care: cool it ASAP, tag it…..before you drag it, and carve it (I don’t suggestaging it). No fat to break down the tissue. Recommend using vacuum sealing units that take allthe air out of the bag that you store the meat in. Meat will last at least one year. Do not includebone in your meat cuts….it’s the marrow that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.