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State officials remind people to be safe during deer hunting season

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WAUNAKEE (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's deer hunting season is approaching and state officials want hunters to be safe this season.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources discussed the nine-day gun deer season on Monday in Waunakee. They held a joint news conference with the Dane County Sheriff's Department and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Officials there were promoting the DCSO hunter sight-in program.

They also discussed the importance of driving sober during the season.

"We don't want anyone to have to lose a family member or a friend to the careless act of a drunken driver," Maj. Sandra Huxtable with the DOT said. "So what we're asking is for people to take responsibility for their own actions."

"Whether its firearms and alcohol, or vehicles and alcohol, they don't mix," Sheriff David Mahoney with the Dane County Sheriff's Department said. "Being sober in the field and being sober on the road are sure ways to enjoy the upcoming deer season and the holiday season which will follow shortly there after."

Officials also demonstrated sighting-in a firearm. They say to be safe in the woods, requires being familiar with your firearms and your surroundings.

Hunters are allowed to bring their guns into the Dane County Sheriff's range for sighting-in until this Saturday, when the state's gun deer hunting season begins.

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