What You Learned
To prevent hunting accidents:
- Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Always point guns in a safe direction.
- Be just as safe at home as you are in the field.
- Never handle any firearm if you are not familiar with it.
- Always unload and open the action before handing a firearm to anyone.
- Accept a firearm from another person only if the action is open.
Hunters between 10 and 29 years of age have more firearm incidents than all other hunters.
All firearm owners should know and follow the Four Primary Firearm Safety Rules as well as additional rules of firearm safety. The Four Primary rules are:
- Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire. Use your safety…but remember that safeties sometimes fail!
- Be sure of your target and what lies beyond it before firing.
- Never place or carry a loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle.
Some of the causes of hunting-related firearm incidents are:
- Careless handling
- Poor hunter judgment
- Victim out of sight of the shooter
- Victim mistaken for game
- Discharge of a firearm in a motor vehicle
Wearing hunter orange save lives. Washington requires modern firearm hunters who are hunting upland birds, deer, or elk to wear hunter orange clothing. Other hunters also must wear hunter orange when hunting deer or elk during modern firearm season.
Each year, about half of all hunting incident victims are shot by friends or family members. Another 35% shoot themselves.
- Be a safe hunter yourself. Know your equipment and how to use it safely.
- Hunt only with people who are as safe as you.