SAUK RAPIDS -- The firearms deer hunting season opens Saturday and officials with the DNR are reminding hunters of some safety tips.

Mike Martin is a Conservation Officer in the Sauk Rapids office. He says remember to always treat your gun like it's loaded and ready to fire and only shoot when you are positive of your target.

Martin says the best safety tip is to outfit yourself in as much blaze orange as possible. He says it is especially important when you are hunting in a deer drive.

Martin says if you are out shining deer ahead of the opener, it is illegal to have any weapon capable of killing an animal in your vehicle. He also says baiting deer is illegal this close to the firearms opener.

The firearms deer season opens Saturday, November 9th.