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Always unload firearms before crossing fences or other obstacles or before negotiating rough terrain.

One hunter crossing fence

To cross a fence:

  • Cross at a post to prevent damaging the fence.
  • Unload the firearm.
  • Place the firearm under the fence—muzzle pointed in a safe direction, away from you.
  • Move away from the muzzle end of the firearm to the next post and cross the fence.
  • Retrieve the firearm, keeping the muzzle pointed away from you; reload; and continue the hunt.