Law enforcement prepares hunters for deer season

If you don’t hunt there’s a good chance you know someone who does, and thousands of deer hunters across the region will take to the woods looking for a trophy over the next few weeks.

Deer season opens Saturday in Kentucky and runs until November 23rd.

In Missouri deer season runs from November 15th until November 25th.

Illinoisans get their first crack at a buck November 21st through November 23rd, and Tennesseans can get it in the deer stand the 22nd until January 4th.

Around this time of the year law enforcement officers like Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Murrah start getting some unusual calls.

“This time of year it’s not uncommon for us to get calls from concerned neighbors about somebody is just down the road in a field or old mine property shooting this or that,” said Deputy Brian Murrah.

While hunter safety courses are offered in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois, firearm safety is largely left up to the individual hunter.

“Really it’s about the familiarization that way you’re not out in the woods in that one moment and you’re suddenly fumbling with the safety or what do I do now,” Deputy Brian Murrah. “It’s just being familiar with the gun that you’re carrying so that you know what to do.”

According to the National Safety Council there are close to 700 hunting related deaths a year nationwide and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is trying to reduce that number by making their gun range and firearms experts available to the public.

“After your slug gun sits in the corner for ten to eleven months sometimes you need to become reacquainted with it,” said Deputy. Murrah. “It never hurts because if the sites get bumped or jostled just a little bit it never hurts to make sure that they’re lined up. You can’t take anything for granted.”

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office range will be open to the public from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 15th.

The range is equipped with shooting benches and sand bags.

A moving target system will also be available with marked distances ranging from 25 to 200 yards.

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