Before heading into the woods know the safety precautions

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Hunting season is underway, which means outdoor safety is extremely important. Whether you're the hunter or a loved one being knowledgeable of hunting precautions is crucial.

In Idaho, you can hunt with necessary paper work and licensing at 10 years old, but with new hunting passports available that drops down to 8 years old with a licensed adult. So, whether you're a new or veteran hunter safety should never be overlooked.

After two recent scares in Northern Idaho regarding being hurt or lost in the woods, KMVT asked Twin Falls Fish and Game what steps should be taken to avoid a rescue situation.

"It's important that you have a plan and that you've planned appropriately for whatever activity you're going to be involved in. Obviously the weather changes in a moment's notice here in Idaho, so always be prepared for that to change,” said District Conservation Officer Clint Rogers with Twin Falls Fish and Game.

Let people know where you're going, how long you'll be gone for and the next step if you don't return. Along with personal safety firearm safety is also extremely important, such as not using your gun scope as binoculars, keep the safety on and load your gun when you're ready to shoot.

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