If you’ve been shooting for any time at alland had any kind of proper education (bywhich we mean anything from a firearmscertification class to a big brother whoslapped you upside the head for actingstupid), you should know these rules.We’re reminding you here because it neverhurts to be reminded, and because readingit together is a great starting point for adiscussion about safety with a kid or anyother new shooter.
ASSUME EVERY GUN IS LOADED
Every time you see a gun, pick up a gun,or point a gun, always assume that it’sloaded, and treat it accordingly.
Make sure your safetyis always on and that the barrel is pointingdown when you are walking with ortransporting your gun.
BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET
Beabsolutely sure that you are shooting at ananimal and not a human, and that nopeople are anywhere near the animal youare shooting at. Never shoot at just asound or movement.
Wear at least the requiredamount of orange so that you don’t becomeanother hunter’s target.
CONFIRM YOUR KILL
Make sure allanimals are dead before you put them in orstrap them onto your vehicle.
BE KID SMART
Do not bring smallchildren hunting with you. Wait until yourkids are old enough to understand andfollow all of these rules before you takethem out hunting.
FOLLOW THE BASICSAFETY RULES
Do not climb upor down a tree or over a fence or any otherobstacle with a loaded gun.
KEEP YOUR FINGER CLEAR
Makesure your finger stays off the trigger untilyou’re ready to shoot.
Alcohol and firearmsdon’t mix; it’s just plain common sense.Save those beers until the end of the day.
Look well beyondyour target before you shoot. High-powered ammunition can travel up tothree miles and still be deadly.
Hunt with a buddy. If youcan’t, then at least make sure that someoneknows where you will be and a time toexpect you back.
If you’re using a tree stand tohunt, don’t forget to wear a safety belt. Alot of hunting injuries involve falling froma tree stand. You really don’t want to haveto tell the guys at work that’s how youbroke your arm.
CHECK IT OUT
Before you begin thehunting season and before you use anynew or borrowed equipment, make sure togo over everything and make sure that it isworking properly. Make sure you knowhow everything operates before youattempt to use it while hunting.
Store and transportammunition separate from your guns.Keep everything secured under lock andkey when it’s not in use.