Loading your firearm is not something you want to do wrong. Do you know all the steps? Watch the video for a quick refresher!

Here’s the rundown:

  1. Always treat your firearm as if it’s loaded, and point the muzzle in a safe direction.

  2. If your firearm has a safety, turn it to the safe position.

  3. Inspect the barrel for any obstructions.

  4. Load the right gauge or caliber ammunition for your gun.

  5. Close the action and activate the safety if you were not able to previously.

  6. Then, enjoy your hunt!

It’s important that you never even carry the wrong ammunition, as you could accidentally put the wrong ammunition in your firearm, causing a dangerous (and possibly deadly!) obstruction. For example, a 20-gauge shotshell will fit into a 12-gauge shotgun, and then become stuck in the barrel. If you then tried to put a 12-gauge shotshell in your shotgun and fired it, your shotgun could explode, causing serious injury to you and any hunting partners.

BBQ Deer Roastfrom BackwoodsBound.com

There’s nothing like a tasty barbecue after a long hunt. Check out this easy recipe to make your own.

Preparation time: 5 minutes. Cook time: 6 hours in slow cooker.


1 boneless venison roast
4 bay leaves
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
liquid smoke

Place the roast in your slow cooker. Add bay leaves and water to cover. Cook on low for 6 hours or until tender.

Remove the meat, discarding the water and bay leaves. Shred the meat and return it to the slow cooker. Add barbecue sauce and liquid smoke to taste. Stir together. Cook on medium until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Serve alone or on buns.