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Hunter moving unloaded firearm underneath fence

Hunters often walk and hunt in difficult terrain. In the mountains, you are very likely to cross streams, rock slides, and snow. In the forests, you will find downed trees and logs. In farm and cattle country, you may find wire fences and gates. No matter how or where you hunt, you can avoid possible accidents by crossing these obstacles safely.

The basic rule in crossing any obstacle is simple: Unload first. Should you slip or fall, the gun cannot fire because it is unloaded. This simple rule applies to all hunters.

What happens if you do fall while crossing an obstacle? Hold onto the gun! Try to maintain muzzle control. Check the barrel for obstructions after you get up. Also check to see if your sights have been damaged or if the stock has been cracked.