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WEATHER SHOULD BE GOOD - PREPARE FOR THE WORST ANYWAY

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Mark Bearnson, DWR assistant hunter education coordinator, described predicted weather conditions for coming hunts as good, but he cautioned that hunters should always be prepared for dramatic changes.

"Rapid changes in weather conditions can put hunters in great danger," Bearnson said, adding that preparedness is the key."Hunters should take to the field equipped with warm, protective, water-repellant clothing. They should have plenty of water and high-energy food."

A map, compass and knowledge of the area are essential for a quality hunting experience, Bearnson said.

"Many hunters who got lost were within footsteps of help, but never knew it because they were unfamiliar with the terrain," he said, adding that hunters should always let someone know where they plan to hunt.

Safety should also be uppermost in hunters' minds. Utah law requires 400 square inches of fluorescent orange be worn on the head, chest and back. Camouflage orange does not meet the requirements.

Hunters should also make sure that their firearms are unloaded while they are in their vehicles, including motorcycles and ATVs.

Besides being illegal, loaded firearms in vehicles can result in hunter injury.

When afield, he suggests that hunters do not load a round into the chamber until ready to fire.

"If everyone is safety-conscious in the field, we could have an accident-free year," Bearnson said.