What You Learned (cont.)
Before transporting a firearm, always unload it and put it in a case. Three typical gun cases are a padded, soft-sided case; a lockable, hard-sided case; and a gun sock. Do not transport a firearm in a window gun rack.
The area in which a hunter can shoot safely is referred to as a zone-of-fire. Before setting off in a group, hunters should agree on the zone-of-fire each person will cover. For safety purposes:
- It’s best to have not more than three hunters in a group.
- Everyone should wear hunter orange.
- Only one hunter should aim at a target.
- Hunters should shoot only at game in front of them.
For safety when turkey hunting:
- Never wear red, white, blue, or black.
- Avoid using gobble calls, tail-fanning techniques, or decoys in way that would attract other hunters.
- Sit with your back against a large barrier that will protect you from a hunter approaching from the rear.
- Make absolutely sure that your target is a legal turkey before you pull the trigger.
To identify game properly, hunters must learn to recognize key characteristics of the animal being hunted. Mistakes in identification can lead to illegal harvest of game or non-game animals.
Wild animals are generally divided into five groups: large mammals, small mammals, upland birds, waterfowl and wetland birds, and birds of prey.