Dangerous turkey hunting method called fanning.

Turkey Hunters Should Not Use Dangerous Technique

The experts at Hunting and Shooting Related Consultants LLC (HSRC) share the concerns of the National Wild Turkey Federation and urge hunters not to get caught up in the dangerous method of turkey hunting called “fanning”. This technique is being promoted by a number of hunting video producers and decoy manufacturers. Any time a hunter puts the replica of the target animal within close proximity, they put themselves in danger. A hunter must hunt defensively and always consider that decoy placement is critical and can put a hunter at risk. According to HSRC this activity can and will result in serious injury or death. Sometimes called “reaping” the method utilizes the actual fan from a turkey either mounted on a shotgun barrel or on a homemade or commercially sold decoy. The fan is either held in front of the hunter or can even be worn on the hunter’s head. In order to have a safe and quality hunt, hunters must hunt defensively and follow all rules of hunter safety. It is much safer to practice on becoming a proficient caller; however avoid using a gobble call. Always make sure you identify all the characteristics of a legal bird before firing.

The video that demonstrates this technique and the dangers resulting from this method was directed and produced by Brian Flowers, Hunter Skills Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, in association with HSRC.

Boating Season is Approaching

Excerpt from Globe Gazette article originally published on April 21, 2004

“Boating safety starts at home in the driveway, not on the ramp on the first trip of the year,” said Rod Slings, recreational safety program supervisor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Slings said boaters should inspect all safety equipment before leaving for the water. Make sure lifejackets are in useable condition and that the fire extinguisher is in working order. Check the boat and trailer lights. Make sure the throwable life preserver is on board and in good condition. Make sure there is a horn or whistle on board. Other safety tips include having a tool kit, extra light bulbs, safety kit, a radio or cell phone and sun block. Even though Iowa law does not require having a paddle on board, it is a good idea.

“Boaters also need to use good etiquette while on the ramps and water,” Slings said. Use the staging area to get the boat ready for launch and be courteous to other boaters, he said.

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Real-Life Tree Stand Tragedies

Excerpt from “The Outdoor Wire Digital Network” originally published on Friday, August 26, 2011.

He would have looked me in the eye and said “It will never happen to me,” said Rod Slings, retired Iowa DNR law enforcement supervisor.

But it did.

Slings befriended an avid hunter who worked at an automobile service department near Slings’ residence in Iowa.

“This guy lived and breathed bowhunting,” Slings said. “Every time I took my car to the shop, he’d ask me questions or tell me about his latest hunt on the acreage he owned outside of Des Moines.”

One afternoon, Slings’ friend went to his stand, just like he had hundreds of times before. However, this time was different. During this hunt, he accidentally slipped off his stand. Although the hunter was wearing a safety harness, the leg harness was not attached so only the chest strap supported him. This mistake would cost him dearly.

“The hunter was tethered high in the tree so when he fell, he couldn’t reach the tree. He began screaming for help. A neighbor heard the hunter and was able to locate him,” Slings said. “The hunter asked his neighbor to fetch a ladder to help him down. While the neighbor was gone, the hunter’s chest harness had worked its way up, shutting off his airway. By the time the neighbor returned, the hunter was unconscious.”

The neighbor called 911. A rescue team arrived, but they were hampered because it was so hard to reach the unconscious victim. Precious minutes ticked by as rescuers got ladders in position, secured the hunter and lowered him to the ground. However, it was too late. The hunter was dead. He suffocated as a result of his safety harness not being correctly attached.

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“The Incident Scene will speak to you, you must listen for the sake of prevention”

by Rod Slings 

International Hunter Education Association’s definition of a Hunting Incident: An occurrence or an event that results in the physical injury of death of a person or
persons which involves the discharge or use of hunting implement while engaged in
hunting activity.

As hunting becomes more scrutinized, the focus of the safe use of firearms becomes more of an issue. The skill and knowledge of safe firearm handling is the foundation of
keeping hunting the safe activity it has become. Research indicates there are 5.4 hunting
incidents per 100,000 hunters per year reported to the International Hunter Education
Association (IHEA) in the United States.

If we don’t know how hunting related firearm incidents occur, we can’t prevent them
from happening. A good investigation of a hunting incident will result in a fact-finding
mission of data collection, information recorded, a conclusion reached based on facts and
the lesson in prevention learned. The information gathered detailing the incident is then
provided to Hunter Education Program for curriculum focus to create awareness to
hunters to the importance of responsible firearms safety and considerations of legislative

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