This weekend marked the opening of the firearms deer season in Missouri. This is typically the busiest time of year for hunters in the Show-Me State with other seasons such as squirrel, quail, pheasant, rabbit, and duck seasons also going on. With so many hunters in the woods, Macon County conservation agent Jared Kelly says it’s important to identify your shot.

All hunters are also reminded to wear their hunter orange while out in the woods. Kelly adds its important to keep in mind that not everyone hunting has the same focus as you.

While incidents between hunters are rare, Kelly says there is a good way to avoid any kind of conflict.

In the event of conflicts you call your local conservation agent. If you witness poaching or other hunting violations call Missouri’s Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.