SALEM- Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has proclaimed September to be Hunter Safety Awareness Month. The proclamation is supported by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Oregon State Police and Oregon Hunters Association.
"With September being the traditional start of the hunting season, this is a good time to remind both hunters and others about the importance of being safe when recreating outdoors," said ODFW Education Services Section Manager Kenn Condon.
ODFW plans to kick off a statewide hunter safety campaign Sept. 1 that will focus on the use of blaze orange by hunters and non-hunters alike, noted Condon. This will be the second year ODFW has sponsored a fall hunter safety campaign with OSP and OHA.
ODFW and OHA also are teaming up to offer outdoor survival and safety workshops at a series of September meetings being held by local OHA chapters.
Last year's one hunting fatality occurred shortly before the 2003 safety campaign began. There were three hunting fatalities in 2002, three in 2001 and two in 2000, according to OSP reports.