Deer Hunting Safety Tips

  • Don’t rely on your gun’s safety. Treat all firearms as if they’re loaded and ready to fire.
  • Never cross a fence, climb a tree or stand or jump a ditch with a loaded gun.
  • Never hoist a loaded firearm into a stand.
  • Never load or carry a loaded firearm until you are ready to use it. Always unload firearms before riding in any vehicle, including ATVs. Watch your muzzle so the other hunter doesn’t have to.
  • Keep guns and ammunition separately and in locked storage.
  • Don’t shoot unless absolutely sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  • Know the range of your firearm. Remember, even a .22 rimfire can travel over 1-1/2 miles.
  • Always be sure your gun barrel and action are clear of obstructions and only carry ammunition specifically intended for the firearm you’re using.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting.
  • Tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return. If you move from one area to another advise someone.
  • Dress for the weather. Take a GPS or compass to prevent getting lost.
  • Carry a flashlight while walking through the hunting area before or after daylight.
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