Checklist for Safety and Success

It's easy to get caught up in the fun and excitement when you're on the hunt. But one proverbial slip can spoil more than a good time. The safety of individuals is the most important part of a hunt. Here are nine tips to keep everyone healthy and having fun. 

Nine Ways to be Safe

  1. Always keep your gun's muzzle pointed in a safe direction, never toward a person.
  2. Treat every gun as if it is loaded.
  3. Only load or cock a gun when you are shooting.
  4. Identify your target and verify beyond your target before shooting.
  5. Anyone shooting or near a shooter should wear shooting glasses and ear protection.
  6. Never climb or jump with a gun. You can't control the direction of the muzzle if you stumble or fall. Unload and safely lay the gun down or hand it to a companion if you must climb or jump. Use the same procedure when crossing over or under fences, trees or other obstructions. 
  7. Aviod ricochet. Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or at water. Ammunition can ricochet off water just like a skipped rock.
  8. Keep the muzzle clear. Never let anything obstruct the muzzle of a gun or allow it to come in contact with the ground.
  9. When you finish shooting, put the trigger safety in the "on" positoin and unload the gun. Store guns so they are inaccessible to untrained shooters. 
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