Fall is hunting season in Virginia, similar to most of the United States, the time when hunters are most likely to be in the woods. Hunters can take advantage of some basic tips to avoid hunting-related accidents:
Wear blaze orange to increase their visibility and to help distinguish them from a targeted animal.
Use the buddy system. Never be in the woods alone.
Know where the public hunting lands are and the exact dates for the various hunting seasons. Research ahead of time where hunting is and is not allowed.
Make an itinerary and give a copy to someone who will be hunting somewhere other than with you. Make sure he knows what you are doing, where you plan to be, and when you expect to be back.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries offers hunter education courses with both in-person and online modalities. The courses are designed to teach hunting safety, principles of conservation, and sportsmanship.