As the leaves fall and the air gets cooler, you might be eager to head out into the woods with friends and family to kick off hunting season. It’s an exciting time of the year for many people and it promotes a healthy lifestyle. But even though it may be fun to participate in, it’s important to prioritize safety over everything else. There is always the chance that things can go wrong, and learning about the ways you can prevent accidents from happening is beneficial for a successful hunting trip. Here are 15 critical hunting safety tips you need to learn before heading out this year.
1. Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded at all times, even if you’re confident it isn’t.
2. Keep the barrel of your firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times, away from everyone. The safest direction is toward the ground.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger of the firearm until you’re ready to shoot.
4. Always wear hunter orange so that you can easily be spotted, and if you bring a dog with you, make sure your dog is also wearing hunter orange.
5. Always tell someone where you’re going and what time you plan to return before you head out in case of an accident.
6. Ensure you clearly identify your target and what’s behind it before you fire.
7. Let other hunters know you are nearby by making noise.
8. Never consume drugs or alcohol before handling a firearm.
9. Always wear ear protection and eye protection.
10. Bring a compass or a GPS so you can find your way back out in case you get lost.
11. If you’re using a tree stand, always wear a harness.
12. Ensure your firearm is unloaded before climbing up or down a tree stand.
13. Avoid hunting alone so that someone can be there to assist you if something goes wrong.
14. Bring a first aid kit in case of injury.
15. Always carry a flashlight with you when it’s dark outside so you can see better and be visible to other hunters.
We know how much hunting means to you, and we always want to make sure that you’re safe when you’re out there. It’s an activity that can become dangerous quickly, so by following these tips, you can decrease the risk of an accident on your next hunting trip. Happy hunting season!