Have you seen the Dude Perfect “Stereotypes: Hunting” video yet? It’s pretty funny—we recognized more than a few of those characters in our hunting buddies!

Here’s the video, in case you haven’t seen it:

But there are also some safety issues that are no laughing matter.

Always treat a firearm as if it is loaded! During the “Noisy Ned” clip, “Ned” holds his rifle by the barrel, pointing straight up at his face. Woah! Noise violations aren’t his only issue!

Noisy-Ned

 

We also noticed that the guys in the “Noisy Ned” sketch aren’t wearing any blaze orange. Blaze orange is required by law in most states, and is always a good idea (except when turkey hunting). A hunter who can be seen by other hunters is more likely to be safe from accidents.

where-blaze-orange

 

Someone needs to tell “The Noob” he needs to wear shooting glasses! Even if he’s not ready for the recoil, his vision will be a lot better protected.

no-safety-glasses

Woah! The “Sky Blaster” sketch is funny, but he’d make a terrible hunting buddy. That kind of indiscriminate shooting is very irresponsible.

sky-blasting

It looks like the birdwatcher who ticks off “the Rage Monster” is also in danger: He’s not wearing a tree stand safety harness. Falls are the most common cause of serious injury or death. You should always be connected to the tree, from the moment you leave the ground until you come back down, even in a ladder-style stand.

safety-harness

Another violation of the 4 Rules of Firearm Safety: Watch that muzzle! Even though it’s only for a second, these guys in the “Box for a Bird” sketch put their buddies in danger—the rifle is pointed right at the guy on the left! You have to keep control of your gun, even if you’re just walking across a field.

watch that muzzle!

Plus, all throughout the video, the firearm hunters aren’t wearing hearing or eye protection! Perhaps they need to reach out to “Buy It All Bob” to see if he can pick up some clear glasses and earmuffs.

everyone needs hearing and eye protection!

And “Safety Orange Sammy” may have gone a little overboard, but we like his style! At least he’ll be easy to spot in the field.

We like Safety Orange Sammy!

Overall, we thought the “Stereotypes: Hunting” video was right on point, except for those safety issues. If the Dude Perfect guys ever want to brush up on their hunter education, they just need to let us know—we’d be happy to get them started on a hunter safety course!

Where Can I Meet Other Hunters?

Hunting can be such a solitary activity that it can be hard to meet others when you get started. But there are many ways to connect with other hunters!

Your first tactic should be to find in-person opportunities. Contact your state wildlife agency office and ask them for their recommendations. Find state agency hunting info by checking http://wheretohunt.org.

You can also ask your friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family if anyone hunts, and see if you can accompany them. Visit your local outdoors or sporting goods store—such as Cabela’s, Gander Mountain, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or Bass Pro Shops—and talk to the staff. Many of these stores also have posted flyers about events and activities. You can also join one of the many hunting clubs and organizations—there are lots out there, so start by searching online for the type of game you’d like to hunt.

While you’re online, you can take advantage of social media opportunities, too. Visit hunting conversation forums on places like reddit’s /r/hunting to talk with hunters from all over the world. U.S. hunters can try meeting local hunters via local interest groups on Meetup. Search for other forums such as HuntingNet.com or other local groups.

With just a bit of luck, you’ll be able to meet hunters, get great tips and suggestions, and make some new friends.

Being approached by a conservation officer while you’re on the hunt can be nerve-wracking. Do you know what to do?

 
What To Do When Approached by a Conservation Officer

Conservation officers work hard to ensure you have game to hunt and to stop illegal poaching. When you meet an officer in the field, be friendly and acknowledge the officer. Always point your muzzle in a safe direction, and make your firearm safe by unloading and checking the safety. Then, follow the officer’s instructions. Make sure you carry your hunting licenses and proof of hunter education, if that is required in your state, every time you hunt. It’s that easy!

what are the hunting seasons?

A “hunting season” is the time when it is legal to hunt and kill a particular kind of animal.

Because of the large role hunting has in wildlife management, hunting seasons are dependent on the type of animal, the environment, and animal characteristics like mating season. Hunting seasons are determined on a state-by-state basis by wildlife biologists who study animal populations. Local laws also can have an effect on the season (for example, some states don’t allow hunting on Sundays).

In general, though, archery season for deer begins in late September through early October, with firearms season following in late October and November. Deer season can continue through February in some states. Turkey is frequently hunted in the spring, in April or May, but may also be hunted in the fall in some areas. Migratory waterfowl hunting tends to open in late September and early October. Upland birds, such as grouse, are frequently hunted through the fall.

Pest animals—such as wild hogs or some species of squirrel—can often be hunted year-round.

Some terms to know are “open season” and “closed season.” An “open season” is the time when a species may be legally hunted. It is typically when the population is at its highest and avoids peak breeding season. A “closed season” is when hunters are not legally able to hunt that species. A season may be closed for several reasons, including food shortages, extreme temperatures, and low population numbers.

It is illegal to hunt during a closed season and is known as “poaching.”

In order to find out the dates of your desired hunting season, consult your state’s fish and wildlife agency or check out www.wheretohunt.org.