Firearm deer season is off to a start in Iowa and is entering its second weekend in Illinois.
Hunters going out this weekend will have to brave cold conditions and Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding hunters of safe practices.
"You have to be understand who's going to be with you, where people are going to be placed in the woods so if you do need to take a shot you're going to be safe with that," said Jeff Harrison of the Iowa DNR.
Officials also say dress in layers to keep warm and avoid cotton and wear more wool material.
They also ask hunters to wear an orange vest and hat so that other hunters can see them through the tall grass.