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Whenever firearms are being handled, an incident can occur if the firearm is not handled responsibly. Preventing hunting incidents depends on knowing and understanding firearms, and handling them skillfully and safely. Responsible hunters practice safe habits until they become second nature.

Hunters carrying firearms safely

The Four Primary Rules of Firearm Safety

  1. Always control the muzzle of your firearm.
  2. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
  3. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded, and keep it unloaded until ready to fire.
  4. Know your target and what is in front of it and beyond it.