Did You Know?
Every year, hunters are injured and killed as a result of preventable accidents. Your local Department of Natural Resources can provide you with information about state licensing regulations and the requirements for hunter’s safety education. During education courses, you will learn how accidents occur and are prevented, and how to operate a firearm safely.
Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the sport, keep these hunting safety guidelines in mind:
- Wear blaze orange clothing so that you are visible to others at all times.
- Treat each firearm as if it were loaded, but unload firearms when they are not in use.
- Always point the muzzle of a gun in a safe direction away from other people.
- Never carry a loaded weapon in your vehicle.
- Practice using your weapon before the start of the season so that you are comfortable handling it.
- Never hunt on private property without written permission from the owner.
- Become familiar with the area you are going to hunt in before the season begins. This will allow you to understand the terrain and animal habits in the area.
- Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard and away from the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Know your target and any potential obstacles or people behind it.
- Do not use drugs or drinking alcohol while operating a firearm, as these substances could impair your judgment.
Always respect other hunters and their right to share public land with you. By looking out for others and keeping others’ interests in mind, you are reducing your risk of causing an accident to others and yourself.