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.

The Four Primary Rules of Firearm Safety

  1. Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  2. Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
  3. Be sure of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
  4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
Hunters carrying firearms safely