The forecast looks cold, wet and windy for the opening day of firearms season for deer hunters in Western New York. When the season begins on Saturday, you may be wiping the rain drops off your scope!

The early forecast calls for

Friday Night And Saturday
Rain showers likely. Lows in the upper 30s. Highs in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Saturday Night And Sunday
Lake effect snow showers likely. Lows in the upper 20s. Highs in the lower 30s. Chance of snow 70 percent.

It is not a law in New York State that we hunters wear orange. However, as the DEC notes on their site:

Wearing Hunter Orange Saves Lives

a hunter in orange suit and one in dark suit in the woods
The two hunters in this picture (one wearing camo and the
other hunter orange) are invisible to deer if they
don't move. Who would you want to be if there were another
hunter nearby, and a deer between you?

Hunter orange prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal, or shooting in your direction.

Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot. For example, during the past ten years, not one person who was wearing hunter orange was mistaken for game and killed in New York. On the contrary, big game hunters who were involved in firearm related incidents were not wearing hunter orange

Best of luck this weekend and remember these safety tips...

Firearm Safety Rules

  • Assume every gun is loaded
  • Control the muzzle. Point your gun in a safe direction
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
  • Be sure of your target and beyond