Muzzleloader shooting is a safe activity only when all safety rules are observed.
Three factors play a role in the majority of firearm incidents:
- Safety violations
- Hunter judgment mistakes
- Lack of skill
Almost all hunting incidents are caused by poor judgment, carelessness, or lack of safety training with a firearm—and almost all are preventable.
- Most firearm incidents occur in the home.
- Store ammunition in a separate location.
- Keep firearms secure.
- Handle firearms safely at all times—not just on the hunt.
- Most incidents involving muzzleloaders are self-inflicted.
- The average hunter involved in a fatal accident is 32 years old.
- For hunters older than 18, most fatal hunting accidents occur for one of two reasons.
- The hunter fails to identify his target and what lies beyond it.
- The firearm is discharged in a boat, motor vehicle, or off-road vehicle.
- No single factor has reduced hunting incidents as much as wearing hunter orange.
- The color is not found in nature, so it is easily seen by other hunters.
- Most game animals are not alerted because they may see the color differently from humans.
- Many states require that you wear hunter orange while hunting. Be sure to check your local regulations.