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The second major cause of hunting incidents involves poor hunter judgment.

In incidents where the victim is injured by a shooter swinging on game, the shooter is almost always using a shotgun. The shooter sees a fast-flying bird flush and focuses attention on the bird. The shooter often does not know the exact location of the other hunters! The shooter “tracks” the fast-flying bird with the muzzle of the shotgun and fires, striking his hunting partner. Almost all of these incidents could be prevented if all hunters followed three more simple rules:

  • Wear hunter orange.
  • Know your “zone-of-fire” and stick to it.
  • Identify your target and what lies beyond it before firing
Seeing beyond the target
Be sure of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it. If you cannot see what lies beyond the target, do not take the shot.