Hunter Safety and Gun Handling Tips
As hunting season approaches, it is a good idea to refresh your knowledge of some fundamental hunting safety rules.
Basic Hunting Safety
The most common cause of accidents and injuries among hunters include:
• Falling from treestands and blinds
• Incorrect identification of a target.
• Self-inflicted injuries.
These basic hunter safety rules will help keep you safe:
• Keep the muzzle of your gun pointed in a safe direction at all times.
• Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
• Be sure of your target and what is in front of it and behind it.
• Keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
• Wear a blaze orange cap or vest.
• Use a small flashlight during dim light conditions to identify yourself as a human being.
• Follow all fundamental firearm safety rules at all times.
To avoid falls and injuries when using a treestand or a blind, remember to:
• Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Inspect your treestand or blind prior to each use.
• Always wear a fall restraint when you are climbing, sitting or descending from an elevated position.
• Pull your gun or bow up with a rope. Firearms should be unloaded, with the action open and the safety on.
Don’t forget to be respectful of wildlife, the land you are on and other people in the area.
• Respect the landowner of the property that you are hunting on.
• Show respect to other hunters and non-hunters in the area.
• Respect wildlife and their habitats.
• Follow all state laws and regulations.
• Use equipment that is appropriate for the game that you are hunting, and be sure that you are properly trained and proficient with using it.
Essential Gun Safety Tips From the NRA
The National Rifle Association provides fundamental rules for safe gun handling.
1) Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction.
2) Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
3) Always keep a gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
4) Know your target and what is beyond it.
5) Know how to use the gun safely, including its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine.
6) Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
7) Use only the correct ammunition for your guns.
8) Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
9) Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
10) Store guns appropriately so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
11) Regular cleaning is vital for your gun to operate correctly and safely.
Whether you are a hunter, a collector or simply have a gun for security purposes, you must be sure to follow all of these safety precautions at all times. In addition, be sure to speak to your insurance agent about the firearms that you own to be sure that you are properly.
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