(BEDFORD) - 12-year-old Hank McBride got his first deer ever Saturday, a 10-point buck, weighing 201 field dressed. The heart-shot was 125 yards away.
McBride is a seventh grader at Oolitic Middle School and the son of Kristal McBride and Todd McBride. The deer was killed on McBride's Farm on Mt. Pleasant Road.
Hunter Hamilton bagged his 12-point-buck Saturday.
The most popular phase of Indiana deer hunting kicks off Saturday with firearms season, and it serves as a reminder to hunters: Follow the rules, practice ethical hunting behavior, and have an enjoyable, safe time in the woods.
It's estimated that at least a quarter-million Hoosiers participate in firearms season, which runs from Saturday (Nov. 16) through Dec. 1.
Archery season, which began Oct. 1, runs concurrently with firearms season and ends on Jan. 5, 2014.
In 2012, hunters reported a record harvest of 136,248 deer, with 55 percent of the total coming during firearms season.
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Whether hunting on private or public ground, hunters are reminded to practice safe hunting habits. Wear hunter orange clothing, identify your target before pulling the trigger, and respect private property.
Hunting accidents are extremely rare, but when they do occur, it usually involves falls from elevated hunting stands. The DNR Division of Law Enforcement records about 30 hunting-related accidents each year, and about two-thirds involve falls from elevated tree stands. When using such a stand, an easy way to avoid injury is to use a full-body safety harness. It can mean the difference between minor injuries or falling and sustaining serious injuries or even death.
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