Thousands of hunters have already taken to the woods and fields of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties this week as firearm season for deer has begun. Tragically, there has already been one death in Western New York and another report of a bullet hitting a Randolph school bus.
Hunting has its successes - and brings a number of risks. Columnist Gene Pauszek last week also noted there must be some consideration as well:
"Responsible hunters realize that it is illegal to trespass on posted property. You ask permission before attempting to enter another person's property. Ask nicely, and do not have a weapon in your hand when you are asking," Pauszek wrote Sunday. "If you get turned down, politely ask the land owner to reconsider. If you should have a wounded animal that made it on to posted property, they might reconsider to allow you or someone else to retrieve your animal. Resorting to hostility or vulgarity will worsen the situation not only for you, but other hunters. Be cool. If you fly off the handle, calm down, apologize and leave. A mutual friend or game warden can sometimes intervene.
"Good luck and hunt safe."