About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Massachusetts Hunter’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain hunter education certification from Hunter Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about hunter safety.

Muzzleloader hangfire

Sometimes a muzzleloader will not fire immediately when the trigger is pulled. This is known as “hang fire” and requires great caution because the gun might fire some time after the cap or flint created the initial sparks.

  • Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, preferably downrange.
  • Don’t take it anywhere that it could injure someone or damage property if it fires.
  • If a muzzleloader doesn’t fire properly, get help from an experienced shooter to unload it using a ball discharger.