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Never consume alcohol or other drugs while hunting or when handling firearms. Do not hunt or shoot with anyone who has. Hunting while drunk or while drinking is extremely dangerous to yourself and others. Alcohol affects your mental and physical abilities and impairs your ability to make a good decision. Medicines that cause drowsiness can be especially dangerous when you are handling firearms, operating motorized vehicles, or hunting from tree stands. Always stay fully alert when around firearms!

Examples of hunting skills impaired by alcohol and drugs include:

Judgment: Ability to determine when to shoot and when not to shoot; safe zone of fire.

Coordination: Ability to safely handle firearms; cross obstacles or rough terrain; marksmanship; reaction time.

Speech: Ability to communicate clearly with other members of the hunting party.

Hearing: Ability to locate game.

Vision: Ability to identify game.