Hunting season is in full force in the Drumheller area, making it a busy time of year for the local Fish and Wildlife department.

One of the main goals of Fish and Wildlife is to promote public safety -- either through enforcing regulation, issuing citations or verifying that meat is disease-free.

"Public safety is always the number one concern," explained Fish and Wildlife Officer Jeff Zimmer. "So, unsafe practices: guys shooting from inside their vehicle, shooting from roadways, shooting close to residences, that's always a big concern to us."

Zimmer pointed out that laws are changing all the time, so you should stay up to date if you'd like to stay on the right side of the law. For example, a new passed in May now requires ATV and snowmobile riders to wear helmets.

"Basically, if you're riding an ATV recreationally, you have to wear a helmet now," said Zimmer. "It's mandatory unless you have a side-by-side that's equipped with a roll cage and a seat belt and you're wearing that seat belt."

However, the number one concern for many hunters in the area is making sure they have the right license. Zimmer explained that many hunters are now using the online system rather than buying a license through a vendor because it reduces the chance of error.

"A lot of the hunters do the online thing because, we do have, from time to time, issues with vendors. In a lot of cases the clerk selling the hunter his license, doesn't hunt themselves so in a lot of cases, they don't understand the licensing system. With the online system, you can purchase your licenses [and] you can print them off at home."

For more information about purchasing a hunting licence, including how to buy one online, can be found here.

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