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Deer season opens Saturday

Thursday, Nov. 15 | By James Pinsky
Saturday marks the beginning of the 2012-13 gun season for deer in Fauquier County.

Residents will notice a sudden spawning of the traditional blaze-orange clothing, which is mandatory for hunters during gun season statewide.

Virginia Conservation Officer Steve Hicks has some recommendations for hunters and residents.

“I'd advise people who go into the woods to wear bright clothing, especially during low-light times," Hicks said. "It's not mandatory if you're not hunting, but it's a good idea."

Hicks also stressed the importance of weapons safety, especially absolutely knowing your intended target and what lies beyond it.

In addition to following all state and local laws, Hicks repeatedly advised hunters in tree stands to use tree stand harnesses.

According to the 2012-13 Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VGIF) Regulations Guide, the following local ordinances apply to firearms use in Fauquier County:

• It is unlawful to hunt from the road with firearms.
• It is unlawful to hunt with a firearm within 100 yards of a road.
• It is unlawful to possess a loaded firearm on the road except when permission to hunt is obtained from on each side.
• It is unlawful to discharge a firearm from or across any sidewalk, highway or on public land.
• It is unlawful for minors to carry firearms on public highways or public lands unless accompanied by certain adults.
• It is unlawful to transport, possess, or carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in any vehicle on any public street, road, or highway.

Additionally, VGIF advises that certain counties have other ordinances, primarily pertaining to possession of firearms near parks or schools; hunting or discharging firearms near populated areas, residences, or buildings; and age limits for possession of loaded firearms on public roads.
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