The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has released the following ideas for a safe deer hunt:

• Always treat every firearm as if it was loaded.

• Be sure of your target, and what is beyond it.

• Always keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction.

• Unload your firearm before entering a dwelling, before entering a vehicle, or before storing it.

• Sight in your firearm prior to hunting season.

• Be sure that someone knows where you are headed, and when you plan to return.

• Carry emergency survival gear, a flashlight, map and compass, matches and water.

• Stop periodically to eat and rehydrate.

• Wear two pieces of hunter orange that are in good condition.