Bowhunting safety rules apply to proper handling of equipment in transit or in the field. They supplement archery safety rules learned at home or at the practice range and include the following.
- Obey archery and field safety rules at all times while bowhunting.
- Hunt and shoot within your own physical limitations.
- Exercise regularly and stay in good shape, especially before strenuous hunts.
- Let family or friends know exactly where you will be hunting.
- Transport equipment in protective cases to prevent damage. For airline travel, use a protective hard-sided case that can be secured.
- Dress properly for the worst weather conditions you expect to encounter.
- Carry basic survival gear every time you go afield, even for short hikes.
- Carry a flashlight, extra bulbs, and batteries. Always turn on your flashlight while walking to or from your tree stand in low-light conditions.
- Make every effort to rejoin your hunting companions at agreed-upon times.
- Clearly identify the specific game animal you intend to shoot before releasing an arrow.
- Do not shoot at an animal standing on a ridge top (a "skyline" shot) where you can't identify a safe background.
- Place arrows in a covered quiver prior to moving around in the field.
- Always carry broadheads in a sturdy quiver that fully covers razor-sharp blades.
- Carefully cross barriers or obstacles with arrows securely in the quiver.
- Use a haul line to raise a bow and quiver into a tree stand to avoid serious injury.