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Whenever firearms are being handled, an incident can occur if the firearm is not handled responsibly. Preventing hunting incidents depends on knowing and understanding firearms, and handling them skillfully and safely. Responsible hunters practice safe habits until they become second nature.

The Four Primary Rules of Firearm Safety

  1. Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  2. Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
  3. Be sure of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
  4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
Hunters carrying firearms safely

Important! A CHUM SPORT will be on the written certification exam.

A CHUM SPORT

(word association for the Ten Commandments used in the North Dakota Hunter Education program)
Alcohol
Avoid the use of alcohol or other mood altering drugs before or while shooting.
Climb
Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch or log, with a loaded firearm.
Hard
Never shoot a bullet in a flat, hard surface or water.
Unload
Unload firearms when not in use.
Muzzle
Control the direction of your firearm’s muzzle.
Store
Store firearms and ammunition separately.
Point
Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot.
Obstruction
Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions and that you have only the ammunition of proper size for the firearm you are carrying.
Respect
Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm.
Target
Identify your target and what is beyond it.
A CHUM SPORT created by Noel Drummond, Glenfield, North Dakota