Thanks for joining me again for edition nine of my hunters safety blog.
As you know, over the past few months I have been extensively researching the nationwide epidemic that is the high number of hunting accidents. I’ve shared the different types of accidents with you, as well as possible causes to these. Today, however, i want to talk with you about what we can do, as outdoors enthusiasts, as hunters, as friends of hunters, and as parents or guardians to reduce the number of yearly accidents.
It does not appear as though any major legislative change is coming anytime soon and Natural Resources departments across the country seem to be content where the numbers currently are, so it is up to us to do our part to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe this hunting season.
Now would be the perfect time to revisit the 7 Types of Hunting Accidents to Avoid and to check out the 2 part blog series on them that i wrote in week four and week five. We now know that tree stand falls happen to 1 in every 3 hunters at some time during their life so definitely revisit this post as well. The first step to avoiding these accidents is to be aware that they can and do happen.
Specifically i want to discuss the 4 main safety rules to follow that are outlined here by OffGrid Survival.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
Something as simple as getting too excited in a good hunting story can turn deadly when you are unaware of where you are pointing your weapon. One slip of the finger, or your weapon slips from your hands and bang.
- There is no such thing as an unloaded weapon
It happens all the time, people pull the magazine out of the gun and forget about the one still loaded in the chamber. Even if you think it is unloaded, always treat your weapon as if it is loaded.
- Know what is in front of and behind your target
Another accident that occurs far too often is not checking beyond your target. When the deer walks out and your adrenaline is pumping, you put the crosshairs above the shoulder and shoot. You missed the deer but hit your friend hunting the other side of the field. At 3000 feet per second, you dont have be off target by much to way overshoot.
- Keep your finger off the trigger.
Your finger belongs on the trigger at one time and one time only: when you are shooing your game. Carry the gun by the butt and the stock, never by the trigger. Accidents happen but this is the best way to prevent them.
Follow these safety tips and you are sure to have a safe experience this hunting season. Last thing I will leave you with is this amusing video i was emailed the other day. Take hunting seriously but also have fun with it.
Until next week,