Don't Shoot The Other Hunters: Hunting Rifle Safety Tips

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During hunting season, it is important to remember that you may not notice other hunters nearby. By handling your hunting rifle properly, you can reduce the risk that you will have an accident that could lead to another hunter being shot.

Preventing Your Firearm from Discharging

Make sure your muzzle is always pointed in a safe direction. Even if the safety is on and your finger is off the trigger, make sure your gun is never pointed at someone else. Always keep your finger off the trigger and keep the safety on until you are prepared to shoot. While the safety should be used, do not assume that the safety will always work and prevent your firearm from discharging. Take all other possible precautions. For instance, only load your gun when you intend to use it in the near future.

Distinguishing Hunters from Game

One of the most common reasons for a hunting accident is that the hunter becomes caught in the excitement of hunting and does not verify that the target is actually game. For this reason, it is important for hunters to wear clothing that is brightly-colored. But it is also important that you take the time to verify that what you are shooting at is your intended target. Even if the target is not a person, make sure that it is not a protected species either. Also, never shoot at game when a hunter is in your line-of-sight, as you may miss and hit the hunter.

Understanding Your Firearm

Spend time at a shooting range. Not only will this make you more accurate, but you will also understand your firearm better. This will make it less likely that you will have an accidental discharge. You must also learn about the types of mechanical failures your rifle might experience and how to avoid them.

Carrying Your Gun

How you carry your gun depends on the conditions of the area you are hunting in. For example, if you are walking with someone in front of you, don't hold the gun loosely in front while carrying it. Carrying your gun on your back with a sling is not recommended if you are traveling through thick brush, since the gun could be knocked off your shoulder. Holding the rifle with two hands, with the muzzle pointed up in the air, provides the best control for most situations even if this position can cause more fatigue. Take a hunting safety course, such as at Trophy Book Archery In Edmonton, to learn more.

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