You may encounter many things while out in the field for your hunt—including man-made obstacles like barbed wire fences—and it’s important that you know how to safely cross.


If you encounter a fence when you’re hunting alone, follow these steps:

  1. Unload your firearm.
  2. Protect your muzzle.
  3. Place the firearm under the fence, pointed away from you.
  4. Cross the fence without damaging it.
  5. Pick up your rifle, reload, and check the safety again.

The process is similar when you’re traveling with a friend.

  1. Unload the firearms, pointing the muzzles away from each other.
  2. One person gives the firearms to the other person.
  3. The person without the firearms crosses the fence (taking care not to damage it).
  4. Both firearms are handed across the fence to the first person who crossed.
  5. The second person crosses the fence safely.
  6. After both hunters are safely across, return the firearms to the proper owner. Be sure to verbally acknowledge you have control of the firearm (with a “thank you” or “got it”) before the other person lets go!
  7. Turn back to back, check the safety, and reload—then enjoy your hunt!

You can learn these tips and more in a state hunter education course. Start your hunter ed today!

Before you have a successful hunt, you have to get to your hunting spot safely. Do you know what to do when you’re loading your firearm into your truck?

How To Safely Transport Firearms

Always remember the primary rules of firearm safety: Keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction, and treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Make sure the safety is on and unload your firearm, remembering to check the action. Then put your firearm in its case. Remember to store your rifle or shotgun in the back seat or trunk of the vehicle. It’s a bad idea to display your firearm in a window gun rack—you’re just telling thieves what great gear you have! Be sure to know your state’s regulations for transporting firearms.

On the topic of gear, put some thought into the kind of case you will use. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type: Gun socks are lightweight but offer minimal protection; padded, soft-sided cases are light, but only offer a moderate amount of protection; and hard cases are sturdy but heavy. Buy the right gear to match your needs and your firearm.