Hunting season in Texas has begun! For many, hunting season conjures up memories of cold days wrapped in layered camouflage clothing while sitting in a tree stand, waiting for a white-tailed deer to step into the sunrise. That image is certainly accurate for trips to the field during the late fall season, but many Texas hunters begin heading into the dove fields on hot September days.
Following the summer months, conditions throughout the state remain hot, dry and windy as hunting season kicks off. These conditions require hunters, and all other outdoor enthusiasts, to use an extra level of wildfire awareness and safety.
Help take care of Texas and consider these tips when heading to your hunt camp, lease or Texas Public Hunting Lands:
- Check with local officials or the Texas A&M Forest Service for county burn bans and other outdoor burning restrictions.
- If towing a trailer, make sure to secure all safety chains to ensure they will not come in contact with the road. Dragging chains can produce sparks that can fly into dry grass along a roadside, potentially starting a fire.
- Maintain off-road vehicles and ensure they are in proper working order.
- Avoid parking or idling vehicles over dry vegetation. A vehicle’s catalytic converter can become so hot that it ignites the grass underneath.
- Avoid shooting near tall, dry grass or rocks and avoid using full metal jacket or tracer ammunition.
Be smart, don’t let a wildfire start!
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