Every year people die from hunting accidents. According to the National Safety Council, firearm deaths rise slightly during the hunting season. There are many basic hunting safety tips that need to be made more aware to hunters so that less hunting accidents occur.
First and foremost every hunter needs to know how to adequately hunt using a weapon. Learn how to load and unload your firearm. Read the manual. The manual is given so that you will fully understand how to handle the firearm. By taking the time to read and understand how the firearm works you could very well save your life as well as the life of someone else. Be a responsible hunter and get to know the ins and outs of your weapon of choice.
Perhaps one of the most basic and simple, yet ignored, hunting safety tip is that you should always know what your target is. Many innocent people are killed each year because hunters foolishly don’t know exactly what their shooting at and consequently injure or kill an actual person. Always know what your target is. If you aren’t 100 percent sure of your target then don’t shoot. Listen to your conscience, it’s usually right. Taking along an extra pair of binoculars would be a wise thing to do in this sort of case. Binoculars will allow you to see your target more clearly and safely than a scope on a loaded weapon would.
Another important hunting safety tip is to never climb any rough terrain, such as fences, steep mountainsides, ladders, etc. with a loaded firearm. Learn to keep the safety on until you have your target in sight. If you are not going to be using your weapon, be sure to unload it so that it causes no one any harm.
Wearing the hunter orange is another wise hunting safety tip. It’s very important that you wear this sort of color to it’s full potential as it will allow for visibility so that you will not be shot at. Don’t be one of those hunters that only wears camouflage. Instead combine the two together, camouflage and hunter orange. Dressing appropriately will ensure your safety.