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Hunter checking his firearm

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

When using a firearm, be sure to follow the five primary safety rules. You can remember these rules by thinking S.M.A.R.T.:

  • Safe Direction: Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  • Make Sure: Positively identify your target.
  • Always Check: Know what’s beyond your target before shooting.
  • Respect Firearms: Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
  • Trigger Caution: Don’t touch the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
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