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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On Monday, Oct. 10, we observe Columbus Day. This weekend is a great time to spend with friends and family, enjoy the cooler weather and experience the great state of Missouri. With the change of seasons, we must also reassess how we manage risk and mitigate hazards.

We expect leaders to know the plans of those in your care and review safe practices for driving, traveling, hunting and outdoor activities. Know your battle buddies; look out for each other; and remain available.

If you plan on traveling this weekend, ensure you are well rested before leaving. Wear a seatbelt while driving and make sure everyone in the vehicle does as well. If you operate a motorcycle or recreational vehicle, you must be properly licensed and trained and wear the proper equipment. Do not operate a vehicle while impaired or drowsy. Alcohol increases the risk of accidents and injury to yourself and others.

If you own firearms, secure them in a safe, locked case, or with a trigger lock, separate from ammunition. Follow the fundamentals of firearms safety and never handle a weapon while intoxicated.

We are currently in turkey firearm season and still in archery deer and turkey seasons, with early youth firearm season starting on Oct. 29. If you hunt, follow all laws and regulations and ensure you have any required permits and licenses. Register any firearms or crossbows you bring on post with the Directorate of Emergency Services. Only hunt in authorized areas and wear appropriate clothing. Positively identify your target before engaging and be aware of the location of everyone in your hunting area. If you hunt on post, you must check in and out through the iSportsman website.

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