It's just about that time of year again folks. The fifth season, if you will - deer season!

As many start their final preparations, there are a few things to consider. The first is always safety. Some my fondest memories of deer season are around "deer camp." That time AFTER you come in from the evening hunt, and AFTER the firearms have been unloaded, when many sit around with a cold adult beverage and poker or dominoes with family and friends.

Remember, alcohol and firearms don't mix.

Most hunters I have met are very responsible and respectful people. A few reminders though about questions I have been asked about hunting in Texas and Ellis County.

Trespassing is trespassing. You should obviously track any wounded game, but you can't go onto someone else's property to do so without their permission. Find out who they are and contact them ahead of time, just in case you need to go on their property.

Ellis County is one of the counties that is under the 13-inch rule regarding bucks. If you're not sure what that refers to, please check it out.

Remember, no shooting from a vehicle, or across a road. Contact your Game Warden should you have any questions. Meet them and questions ahead of time.