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CT Bucket List: Keith and Margaux go bow hunting

Here are some five things to keep in mind if you're going out in the woods for the first time to hunt

FRANKLIN, Connecticut — Peak hunting season runs from there October to mid-December in Connecticut. Here are five things to keep in mind if you’re planning to head out into the woods for the first time:

5. Safety.

Safety is essential. DEEP safety instructor Kyle Testerman showed Margaux Farrell and Keith McGilvery the ropes.

“We really want people to learn how to hunt, safely, ethically, and responsibly here in Connecticut,” says Testerman.

4. Patience. 

At a bow hunting safety course in Franklin Thursday morning, Testerman also stressed patience. 

"Patience is very important, it’s kind of like going out for a walk in the woods, you are going out there for quiet enjoyment,” he says.

3. The Schedule. 

You can only hunt a certain time of the year.

“Hunting is a very regulated activity. It’s backed by science and research and there are only certain times during the year when you can hunt certain species,” says Paul Benjunas who works in public outreach and education with DEEP.

2. Training.

 DEEP wants you to know that junior hunter training days are also available if you’re just getting started.

“It is sort of a pressure-free environment for the students, said Benjunas. "They are hunting alongside an experienced hunter and it is a good way for them to hone their skills."

1. Practice makes perfect. 

One thing to always keep in mind: practice makes perfect.

“Going along with patience is practice," said Testerman. "So with practicing, it takes a lot of patience to practice and work to improve the skills that is bow hunting or firearms hunting."