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The first step to becoming a responsible hunter is knowing your equipment and how to use it safely.

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.