Saturday, November 19 is the opening day of Deer Rifle season in the Southern part of Oneida County.

Sheriff Robert Maciol along with the members of the Sheriff’s Office, offer tips to have a safe and hopefully successful hunt.

• Tell someone where you will be hunting and put hunting plans in writing (dates, times, location and expected time of return).

• Be familiar with the area you want to hunt.

• Dress properly and be prepared for the worst possible conditions (check weather reports before heading out).

• Always wear hunter orange to be higly visible to other hunters.

• Check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly. Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.

• Clearly identify your target before shooting. Prevent unfortunate accidents or fatalities.

• Be alert when hunting, other recreationists may be in the area as well.