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Most firearm-related hunting incidents could be prevented if everybody followed the ten simple rules of firearm safety.

  1. Hunters carrying firearms

    Never use a firearm unless you are familiar with how it works.

    If you need an owner’s manual for your firearm, write to the firearm manufacturer. Make sure you receive training and/or read the owner’s manual before handling any new firearm. Do not handle a firearm without the owner’s permission.

  2. Removing obstruction from firearm

    Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.

  3. Two hunters safely crossing fence

    Never cross a fence, climb a tree, cross a stream, or jump a ditch with a loaded firearm.

  4. Safe firearm carry

    Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot. Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.

  5. Firearm safe for storage

    Unload firearms when they are not in use. Store firearms and ammunition separately.

  6. Never drink and shoot!

    Never use alcohol or drugs before or during shooting.