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Getting Ready For Deer Hunting Season



December 7th is the first day of shotgun deer season in Iowa. Illinois hunters are already out and will be through the weekend.
Hundreds of thousands of hunters on both sides of the river are braving the weather and the DNR says there's always a lot to remember about hunting safety but particularly this year.

"We've got some really cold temps coming," said Jeff Harrison. "We've got some snow coming. That's going to make for some slick conditions."

Jeff Harrison works for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and sub zero wind chills means bundling up.

"Dress in layers and  avoid cotton. More wools, gortex," said Harrison.
And it's more than just staying warm. There's rules to what you have to wear.

"They have to have a minimum of a solid blaze orange vest on," said Harrison. "However, we recommend that you wear an orange hat or something on your head  because a lot of times your walking through the taller grasses or timber and your vest is blocked."
In Illinois you have to wear a hat. In Iowa it's just recommended.
This year in Iowa there has already been eight incidents of five people shot and three homes.


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