With firearm deer season approaching in Illinois, the Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters to play it safe this season.
The IDNR Office of Law Enforcement say they have investigated 10 hunting incidents so far during 2016. They say eight of those incidents involved hunters falling from elevated tree stands or falling while climbing into or out of tree stands.
In 2015, officials say there were 25 hunting incidents reported in all hunting seasons in Illinois. Among the hunting incidents reported last year, 15 involved tree stands.
The IDNR reminds hunters using tree stands to use a Fall Arrest System (FAS) safety harness.
Hunters should also check the harness, straps, ladder and other equipment before use to make sure they are in working order.