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10 Hunting Tips

When you go hunting, remember this list of tips to keep you and your fellow hunters safe.

  1. TREAT EVERY GUN AS A LOADED GUN
    Don't assume the firearm you're carrying is empty. Give it the respect you would a loaded gun.
  2. WATCH YOUR MUZZLE
    Know and control the direction of your muzzle at all times. Never pull a gun toward you by the muzzle.
  3. KNOW YOUR TARGET
    Make sure you identify your target before firing, and know your safe zone of fire. Prepare yourself by studying game features before hunting.
  4. DON'T LOAD BEFORE YOU'RE READY
    Take down or have all actions open before traveling. Make sure firearms are unloaded while in their cases.
  5. WATCH YOUR STEP
    Never climb fences, jump ditches or make awkward moves while holding a loaded firearm.
  6. CONTROL YOUR TARGET PRACTICE
    Be aware of your line of sight. Make sure your backstop is more than adequate. Avoid shooting at hard, flat surfaces or bodies of water, and always wear ear and eye protection.
  7. KEEP IT SERIOUS
    No matter how enjoyable it is, hunting is no game. Avoid horseplay, and never point a firearm where you don't want to shoot.
  8. INSPECT YOUR FIREARMS
    Before loading, inspect your barrel for obstructions. Check ammunition to make sure its specifications match those of your gun.
  9. STORE FIREARMS SAFELY
    When not in use, store unloaded firearms separately from ammunition. Keep all out of reach of children and inexperienced users.
  10. NEVER DRINK AND HUNT
    Never consume alcoholic beverages or other mood-altering drugs before or while hunting.