As the fall weather moves in, record breaking dry conditions are developing in several areas across the province. This increases the potential risk of fires starting from vehicle use, and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation (SWF) and the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA) are requesting hunters take extra precautions this hunting season.
“We know that the vast majority of hunters take every step to ensure that they leave nothing but their footprints when they hunt, but these dry conditions warrant added vigilance,” says Darrell Crabbe, Executive Director for the SWF.
“We encourage all hunters to take extra precautions this hunting season with the increased risk of fires. These precautions include carrying a fire extinguisher in your vehicle, talking to landowners before going on land, avoiding unnecessary vehicle idling, walking when possible, and staying on existing trails,” adds Chad MacPherson, General Manager for the SSGA.
It’s also the time to remind hunters about the importance of getting land owner permission before hunting on their property. “Access to private land is a privilege, not a right, and with privilege comes the duty to act as responsible conservationists and representatives of the hunting community” says Crabbe. Hunters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Operation Respect, which highlights important relationship between land owners and hunters.
For more information on the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, please visit www.skstockgrowers.com. For more information on the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, and Operation Respect, please visit www.swf.sk.ca.