PCSO urges safety for hunters as seasons open

To enjoy the hunt safely members of the Pennington County Sheriff's Office are giving a few tips to the public.

BLACK HILLS, S.D. — The fall season brings many things to the Black Hills.

Including Friday night football action, the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and hunters – looking to fill that big game tag.

To enjoy the hunt safely, members of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are giving a few tips to the public.

It starts with making sure you have the right equipment aside from your weapon- including a change of clothes, a compass or GPS – and plenty of water.

But most importantly be ready for anything – especially in with South Dakota weather.

“Prepare for the current weather and prepare for the forecasted weather and also prepare for worst case scenario,” said Lt. David Switzer of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

Whether you’re going alone – or in a group – also know where you’re going and the terrain if you’ve never been there.

If you’re going to an area you’ve been before, it’s generally just a good idea to let people know where you’re going and how long you’re going to be there, but Lt. Switzer says if you’re going to a new location it’s a good idea to have a map, whether printed or satellite, to know of the new area that you’re going to be hunting.

If the worst does come – be prepared by making sure your phone is charged and to get to a high point to make a call if needed. However, it’s always best – in case of injury to stay where you are.

“If you do not hear a road you do not hear people at a residence stay put because chances are you’re going to wander and you’re just going to go in circles and you’re going to be one step ahead of your rescuers all the time,” Switzer said.

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