Spring is right around the corner! With many states seeing warmer than usual temperatures, spring fever is going up. Although hunting is big in the fall, the spring hunting seasons are a great time to take a break from the shooting range or to become a first-time hunter. For new shooters or hunters, below are a few safety tips to make your first trip out a success.
Identify your target before shooting
A hunter should always positively identify their target and have a clear shot of the animal before pulling the trigger.
Know what is behind your target before shooting
It is best to wait until you have a solid backstop behind your target. Be aware and do not shoot at buildings on any property. There is no reason to put another person at risk over trying to get your target.
Know the locations of other hunters and never shoot in their direction
When hunting in a group, pick a person to act as a Safety Officer for the day/trip. Establish every hunter’s zone of fire and make sure the group knows them.
Other Spring hunting safety tips
- Always keep the gun safety on until you intend to shoot.
- Never climb over anything with a loaded gun in your hand or on your person.
- Never use a scope on a gun as Binoculars.
- If you fall or trip, control your muzzle. Afterward, check the gun for damage and/or obstructions in the barrel.
The best rule to follow no matter what shooting sport or activity you are participating in is…When in Doubt; Don’t Shoot. Hunting is a wonderful, active sport in which to get involved. Following our safety rules will set everyone up to have a great time.