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One hunter crossing fence

Always unload guns before crossing fences or other obstacles or before negotiating rough terrain. When crossing fences, logs, or other obstacles alone:

  • Unload the firearm.
  • Cover the muzzle or place something under it to help keep out debris.
  • Place the firearm on the other side of the fence or obstacle to be crossed, with the muzzle pointed away from you and your crossing point.
  • Cross the obstacle. If you are crossing a wire fence, cross close to a fence post to prevent damage to the fence.
  • Retrieve the firearm, keeping the muzzle pointed away from you.
  • Check the barrel for obstructions.
  • Reload and continue the hunt.
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