Hunter Safety a Must

Each year hunters head for the woods during the fall turkey and deer hunting seasons. Unfortunately, what is intended to be a time of fun and recreation all too often ends in tragedy. Because of hunting accidents, some hunters never return home, and others are seriously injured. Most accidents are preventable, by diligently following simple safety rules.

A dozen recommendations to prevent hunting accidents:

  • Attend a good hunter safety course.
  • Be physically fit, dress warm and comfortable, and wear a significant amount of hunter orange clothing so other hunters can see you.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the weapon you will be using and any safety instructions for it.
  • Do not hunt if you are distracted, overly tired or hurried. Beware of hunting companions who are careless, excited, or overeager.

Wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Protect against frostbite, hypothermia, and other cold-weather injuries. During cold weather, wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing.

  • Never mix drinking and hunting and do not hunt with anyone who has been drinking.
  • Treat every gun as loaded. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Be sure of your target. Never shoot at unidentified noises. Wait until the entire deer, turkey, or other animal is visible, before shooting. Never shoot in the direction of people.
  • Carry your gun properly, using both hands. Make sure the safety is on, the finger is outside the trigger guard, and the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction and under control.
  • Do not load the weapon until ready to fire. Unload the weapon before crossing a fence or climbing into or out of a tree stand. Never run with a loaded gun. Unload it before putting it into a vehicle.
  • Never hunt alone or without telling someone where you will be and when you will return.
  • Make sure tree stands are stable and will support your weight. Wear your safety belt. Do not sleep while in the stand. Be careful when firing from a tree stand. Use care when climbing into or out of the stand.

Follow these rules and live to hunt another day.

About Fred Fanning Author

Fred Fanning currently writes biweekly on his blog His published works include the peer-reviewed book Basic Safety Administration-A Handbook for the New Safety Specialist. Fred also authored two editions of the peer-reviewed chapter Safety Training and Documentation Principles that was published in the bestselling Safety Professional Handbook and the Safety Professional Handbook Management Applications. He coauthored the peer-reviewed chapter Safety Training with Christine Fiori, Ph.D., PE, published in the bestselling Construction Safety Management and Engineering, second edition edited by Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP. Fred also has several self-published books. He has a series called Fred’s Safety Shorts. This is a collection of twelve books on topics related to safety published with Kindle Direct Publishing. Fred self-published another six books using both CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and Kindle Direct Publishing. He has authored fifty-eight articles in various publications on the topics of safety and health and project management. Fred has earned several writing awards for his non-fiction work. Fred has two novels A Walk Among the Dead and Mystery at Devil’s Elbow.
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