Safe hunting this weekend, and every time

With Pheasant Season opening this weekend Saturday, October 17, 2015, it is always a good idea to review the safety tips taught in hunter's safety course.

  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, also known as muzzle control.
  • Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use, always treat a firearm as a loaded fire arm.
  • Don't rely on your gun's safety, machines fail, your firearm is a machine.
  • Be sure of your target and what's beyond it.
  • Use proper ammunition, if you switch guns throughout your hunt be sure not to load the incorrect round.
  • If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
  • Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
  • Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
  • Don't alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly.
  • Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
  • When crossing fences, water or any hazzords be sure to unload firearm.
  • Unload firearm as soon as you leave the field.
  • Take responsablity for and of your firearm.

 

To learn more or take a hunter's safety course:

http://gfp.sd.gov/outdoor-learning/hunter-education/hunt-safe.aspx

 

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