Bear Hunting Safety
Welcome to our hunting safety web page, where our main goal is to educate you on hunting safety. We suggest along with reading this web page you review our bear hunting laws web page to learn more about bear hunting laws in your area. You should also review state government ran websites regarding hunting in that state; which is available in our hunting resources section. Safety when hunting is extremely important for you and your fellow hunters.
Remember, each state has their own requirements on how much orange you need to wear in your outfit. This is designed to help other hunters see you and identify you as a human and not an animal. Each state has its own requirements and failure to follow them can result in fines, penalties and even injury! Make sure to check the local state website on hunting for the state you’ll be hunting in. There is a list of all of these websites in our hunting resources section.
Hunting Safety 101
Safety is the most important thing to be aware of while hunting and very important to be educated on before you go out into the wild. Carelessness and lack of knowledge will prove to be detrimental in an environment of wild animals and guns. The points outlined in this page will help to make your hunting trips safer for you and the people around you.
A major thing to remember is always treat your gun as if it was loaded, even if it is not. Always be aware of where the muzzle is pointed and be in control of it and always have the safety on when you are not aiming to shoot. Practicing this will get you in the habit of carrying and holding your gun safely which will reduce the risk of accidental shooting. Something else to remember is to keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot. A noise or something that may startle you could cause you to shoot when you do not mean to and that could have negative results.
When you are aiming be sure of your target and what lies beyond it. Be aware of your surroundings and your hunting party. By not doing so you could potentially shoot something that you do not intend to. High power ammunition can travel past one mile so make sure there are no people around your target when you are preparing to shoot. You should never take a shot unless you are certain that there are no safety risks involved. This will help will help prevent accidents and injuries.
Hunter orange is very vital when it comes to hunting. Wearing hunter orange is not only included in hunting laws but it could also save your life and you from injury. Each state has different requirements on how much should be worn so look into your own states laws to be completely clear. Keep in mind you may not be the only hunter out there and you want to be as visible as you can to the other shooters. By wearing a vest and or hat you can make yourself safely visible to humans while still be able to hunt effectively.
Hunting Safety Tips
- Hunt sober
- Wear a vest and hat of hunter orange
- Don’t go hunting alone but if you do make sure someone knows where your going and when you will be back
- Do not bring small children hunting
- Keep the safety on when not aiming to shoot
- Always treat your gun as if it is loaded and while walking keep the muzzle pointed down
- Never do any climbing with a loaded gun. Make your movements and have your hunting partner then pass you the weapon
- Always look beyond and around the target
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
- Make sure your animal is completely dead before butting it on or in your car
Gun Safety 101
Owning a gun is a big responsibility and it is up to you to be up to date on the laws regarding owning firearms. Look into the laws where you live to make sure you are following them exactly. It is also very important to store your gun and ammo properly to insure that they are not easily accessible by people that should not be using them such as children.
Knowing exactly how your gun works will help you operate more effectively and also safely. Become familiar with the components of the weapon, the ammunition and the safety feature. It is recommended that you wear eye and ear protection while hunting to protect yourself.
Handling your gun properly will also increase your safety. Always be aware of where your gun is pointed. It is safest to have the muzzle pointed down when not in use and never leave your finger on the trigger. Keep the safety on when the gun is not in use and always treat the gun as if it is loaded even if you’re positive it is not. Following these points will get you in the habit naturally thus lowering the risk of accidental misfiring.
Gun Safety Tips
- Have the safety on when not in use
- Never wave the gun around or point it as a joke
- Be aware of the laws regarding where the gun is stored and used
- Keep weapons stored in a secure place away from children and instable persons
- Be knowledgeable about your weapon and the type of ammunition it uses
- Always treat the gun as if it is loaded
- Be sober when handling firearms, do not drink alcoholic beverages or take mind altering drugs or medication that could impair your judgment
- Make sure of your target when shooting. This means past the target in between you and the target and also around it
- Leave your finger off the trigger until you are ready to make the shot
- Guns are not toys and should be treated with respect