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Autumn outdoor safety tips

Fall is a wonderful time to be outdoors with its dazzling colors, crisp air, and wildlife activity. No matter your passion, a few common sense safety reminders will add to your enjoyment during a day in the field. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has compiled a list of the most important safety measures you should take. Always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return. Watch the weather and expect the unexpected. Bring a first aid kit and items such as extra food, water, matches and a flashlight. Wear blaze orange for visibility and respect other outdoor users. Know the hunting seasons and who is likely to be sharing the woods with you. Hunters should treat every firearm as if it were loaded, keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times and to positively identify your target and what lies beyond it.

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