Here's how to hunt safely during firearm season

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FILE—Regular firearm season begins on Nov. 15.

FILE—Regular firearm season begins on Nov. 15.

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With opening day of regular firearm season coming up next week, hunters should make sure they are prepared.

The season begins on Nov. 15 and will run until the end of the month. During this time, hunter safety is imperative.

"I want to remind hunters to be respectful of other hunters and landowners," said Lt. Joe Molnar with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  

All hunters should be wearing a garment with hunter orange on it to ensure they are visible to any other hunters in the area. In addition, it’s always a good idea to let someone know where you will be hunting as well as any secondary locations in the event of an emergency or prolonged absence.

Property must also be respected, and private property markings and no trespassing signs must be obeyed.

"Anytime you are hunting with a firearm, there is a 450-foot safety zone for houses, businesses and farming operations," Molnar said. Hunting is allowed within these zones only if permission has been granted by the property owner.

For any hunting trip this season, all participants must have valid hunting licenses.

"With firearm deer season approaching, people can go to a local retailer like Walmart or Meijer to get their licenses," Molnar said. These licenses are also available through DNR customer service centers, but they are currently operating on limited hours. Licenses and kill tags can be bought online as well, but Molnar advises against this because of possible mail delays.

To report any illegal behavior or natural resource violations this hunting season, call 1-800-292-7800.