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Dove Season Safety Tips

Amarillo, TX - With much of Texas still hot and dry and wildfires continuing to spark up across the state, dove hunter should be especially careful when heading out this week for the season opener.

Though dove season kicks off September 1, 2010, hunters aren't the only people who should take precautions. All outdoors men should keep fire safety in mind for the next several weeks while hot temperatures and dry vegetation remain ripe for wildfires.

If you're heading outside this holiday weekend, The Texas Forest Service is reminding you to keep in mind the following wildfire safety tips:

  • Obey outdoor burning bans. Don't build a fire during dry or windy conditions.
  • If conditions are right and there is no burn ban in place, you may build a campfire. But keep the fire small and never leave it unattended.
  • Make sure the fire is extinguished and cold to the touch before you leave it.
  • Avoid burning feed bags.
  • Keep water handy when welding on stands.
  • Drive only on designated trails. Don't park or idle vehicles in tall, dry grass, which can be ignited by contact with a hot muffler.
  • When shooting close to the ground, be sure there is no dry grass or tinder in front of your muzzle. Though rare, it's not impossible for a shot to ignite nearby tinder.
  • Use caution with cigarettes and matches.
  • Use spark arresters on all power equipment.
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