With hunting season in full swing, the woods are full of anxious hunters, watching and waiting for the perfect opportunity to take a shot at their prey. While hunting season is an exciting time for the outdoor enthusiast, it’s imperative that safety be priority number 1.
Tip 1: Constantly keep the barrel of your firearm pointed in a safe direction.
Tip 2: Firearms should be unloaded when not in use.
Tip 3: Don’t trust on your gun’s safety. Treat all guns as if they’re loaded and ready to fire.
Tip 4: Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.
Tip 5: Use proper ammo.
Tip 6: If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
Tip 7: Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
Tip 8: Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
Tip 9: Don’t alter or modify your gun, and have it serviced regularly.
Tip 10: Learn the automatic and handling features of the firearm you are using.
Tip 11: Treat a misfire as though the gun could fire at any moment.
Tip 12: Make sure the gun is unloaded before attempting to clean it.
Tip 13: Do not use alcohol or drugs while handling a firearm.
Tip 14: Never smoke in the proximity of a muzzleloader.
Tip 15: Keep your finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Tip 16: Never cross a fence, climb a tree or stand or jump a ditch with a loaded gun.
Tip 17: Never hoist a loaded firearm into a stand.
Tip 18: Never load a firearm until you are ready to use it.
Tip 19: Always unload firearms before riding in any vehicle, including ATVs.
Tip 20: Watch your muzzle so the other hunter doesn’t have to.
Tip 21: Wear hunter orange so you can be seen. If you take a dog with you, make sure it also wears bright colors.
Tip 22: Keep guns and ammunition separately and in locked storage.
Tip 23: Don’t shoot unless sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Tip 24: Know the range of your firearm.
Tip 25: Tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return.
Tip 26: Dress for the weather.
Tip 27: Take a GPS or compass to prevent getting lost.
Tip 28: Always carry a flashlight while walking through the hunting area before or after daylight.
Tip 29: Be acquainted with the area you want to hunt.
Tip 30: Always carry a first aid kit.