Tree stand check­list im­por­tant for the safety of lo­cal hun­ters

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FLOW­ERY BRANCH — Fal­cons coach Dan Quinn is feel­ing bet­ter about his team’s in­jury sit­u­a­tion com­ing out of a bye week.

The long break gave All- Pro re­ceiver Julio Jones and All- Pro de­fen­sive end Vic Beasley time to re­cover and al­lowed right tackle Ryan Schraeder and free safety Ri­cardo Allen to come back from con­cus­sions.

That’s four starters the Fal­cons (3-1) didn’t have at the end of a Week 4 home loss to Buf­falo. A fifth starter, re­ceiver Mo­hamed Sanu, left the game with a ham­string in­jury and was doubt­ful for the team’s matchup against Mi­ami. Sanu was the only player un­able to prac­tice in some ca­pac­ity Mon­day, but the Fal­cons got some good news with de­fen­sive end Court­ney Up­shaw re­turn­ing to the field as he re­cov­ers from an­kle and knee in­juries.

“It’s a per­fect time for us to re­set,” Quinn said. “For what­ever rea­son, the bye hit us at the right time based on some in­juries. It was great to have those guys back.”

Jones, re­cov­er­ing from a hip flexor suf­fered against Buf­falo, and Beasley, side­lined since Week 2 with a sore ham­string, are two play­ers At­lanta can’t re­place tal­ent-wise. Jones leads the NFL in av­er­age yards re­ceiv­ing and catches per game since he de­buted in 2011. Beasley was the league’s sacks leader last sea­son.

But pl a y i ng wit hout Schraeder and Al- len wasn’t easy ei­ther. Schraeder has started 46 of his 58 ca­reer games. Allen has started 33 of his 34 games. Ty Sam­brailo took Schraeder’s spot and did a good job in the run game but strug­gled oc­ca­sion­ally in pro­tec­tion. Da­mon­tae Kazee filled in for Allen but he’s a rookie.

“There will be other op­por­tu­ni­ties for them through­out the year,” Quinn said. “That’s just the na­ture of the game and how it goes, but it was great to have a more full ros­ter back. It was a good start to the week.”

The Fal­cons’ coach­ing staff spent part of last week do­ing a “self-scout” to see how each po­si­tion could im­prove. Quinn cited third down as need­ing im­prove­ment even though his of­fense and de­fense are do­ing well sta­tis­ti­cally in both cat­e­gories. Turnover mar­gin, though, is the big­gest concern.

At­lanta ranks 28th at mi­nus-4. The de­fense has one in­ter­cep­tion and one fum­ble re­cov­ery. The of­fense has five picks and one lost fum­ble.

Quinn likes the team’s in­ten­sity in prac­tice. Now he wants to match it with ex­e­cut­ing plays and tech­nique cor­rectly.

“Not only are we hard to beat when those things re­ally come to life we’re a lot of fun to watch, we’re a lot of fun coach and we’re a lot of fun to be around,” he said. “We are go­ing to work like crazy to get those parts of your game, the bat­tle, the prep, the com­pe­ti­tion and all of the prac­tice things we want to im­prove upon.”

Ri­fle sea­son in Georgia for deer hunt­ing is start­ing soon, and lo­cal hun­ters are out pre­par­ing their fa­vorite spots to bag their tro­phy bucks as fall weather starts to creep in.

The sea­son is also the per­fect time for hun­ters to find them­selves in some tough sit­u­a­tions if they haven’t done one item on their hunt­ing check­list they should do ev­ery au­tumn: check the tree stand ahead of time.

Hop­ing to avoid is­sues, t he Georgia De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources wants to re­mind all hun­ters to take tree stand safety se­ri­ously and make it a top prior-

AT­LANTA — At­lanta United has signed tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Car­los Bo­cane­gra to a fouryear con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2022 and added the ti­tle of vice pres­i­dent. ity be­fore their hunt­ing sea­son starts.

“Most hunt­ing ac­ci­dents are caused due to some form of is­sue around a tree stand,” DNR Ranger First Class Chad Cox, said.

He said that when go­ing through an an­nual in­spec­tion be­fore the open­ing of ri­fle sea­son, hun­ters need to first and fore­most re­mem­ber that bolts and har­nesses age over time, and should be the first thing checked prior tak­ing a first climb back up to their seats.

“You also should check your tree stand for wildlife and in­sects when get­ting ready for hunt­ing sea­son,” Cox said. “Birds and rac­coons like to make nests in them,

Bo­cane­gra was re­warded Mon­day for build­ing a high-scor­ing ros­ter that al­ready qual­i­fied for the play­offs in United’s de­but sea­son. The team will set a Ma­jor League Soc­cer sea­son at­ten­dance record, av­er­ag­ing more than 46,000. along with wasps and hor­nets.”

When ev­ery­thing i s clean and in­spected, Cox said hun­ters should be well aware of their sur­round­ings, keep their har­ness and or­ange vests on at all times, and lift firearms into a stand through a haul line.

“Never, ever load your firearm be­fore go­ing into your stand,” Cox said. “Ac­ci­dents can hap­pen just as easily climb­ing up a lad­der as any other place.”

Above all, Cox said to al­ways keep a cell phone within reach, or some form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion to call for help, and to in­form peo­ple of where the tree stand is lo­cated.

Cox said that annu-

At­lanta is the first ex­pan­sion team to qual­ify for the play­offs since 2009 and only the sec­ond since 1998.

A long­time mem­ber of the U.S. na­tional team, Bo­cane­gra re­tired as a player in 2014. He was ally hun­ters get into ac­ci­dents ev­ery year in­volv­ing a tree stand, whether it is climb­ing in and fall­ing out more than 10 feet above the ground with­out their har­ness on, or dis­turb wildlife in the stand pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered.

Those in­ter­ested in more tips about hunt­ing safety, li­cens­ing re­quire­ments and in­for­ma­tion about the wildlife in Georgia can visit go­hunt­ge­or­

Tonight and Thurs­day nights are the last to get into lo­cal hunter safety cour­ses from 6 to 10 p.m. at the JL Lester Wildlife Man­age­ment Area in Cedar­town. Pre-regis­tra­tion is re­quired at goout­doors­ge­or­ hired by United t he fol­low­ing year and as­sem­bled a ros­ter that in­cludes Josef Mar­tinez, Miguel Alm­iron and Tito Vil­lalba, who have com­bined to score 40 goals — more than four MLS teams.

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