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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.

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Fence crossing.

On screen: ONE PERSON

First alone.


At some point when you’re out hunting, you may reach a fence that you have to cross. Just make sure that you do it safe—and here’s how. Start by unloading your firearm. I like to remove my cap and place it on the the muzzle to protect anything from entering the barrel. Then lay the firearm, with the muzzle covered, flat on the ground on the other side of the fence so the muzzle is always pointed away from you. Cross the fence safely without damaging the fence. Once you have crossed the fence, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, reload, and check the safety once again.

On screen: TWO PEOPLE


For two people crossing a fence. First, unload your firearms. The first person to cross the fence first hands their firearm to the second person, making sure both muzzles are pointed up. The second person then hands the firearms over the fence to the first person. The second person then crosses the fence safely. Remember not to damage the fence. Then, facing away from each other, they reload their firearms, check the safety once again, and continue their hunt.