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  • Consuming alcohol before or during the hunt increases the risk of incidents because it impairs coordination, hearing, vision, communication, and judgment.
  • Drugs can have a similar effect. If you have to take prescription medicine, check with your physician to see if it’s safe to take while hunting.
  • Because you can drink faster than your system can burn the alcohol off, there is an increasing level of alcohol in your blood. This level is referred to as Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).

How Alcohol and Drugs Impair Hunting Skills

Physical Function Skill Impaired
Fine motor control Marksmanship
Judgment Safe zone-of-fire
Hearing Location of game
Color perception Game identification
Reaction time Quickness
Vision Game identification
Coordination Muzzle control
Communication Distinct speech
Do not mix guns and alcohol.
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