Firearm Safety Tips for Hunting
With Dove season here, and Whitetail season just around the corner, Double T Outfitters thought it was the perfect time of year to review firearm safety tips for hunting. According to the International Hunter Education Association, there are hundreds of hunting related accidents in the United States each year, so we urge everyone to please use caution whenever handling firearms or weapons.
Our first firearm tip is to keep your weapon unloaded until ready to use. Always have your gun or bow pointed in a safe direction so that if it accidentally did go off, no one would be harmed. Always be very mindful of where the front end or muzzle is directed at all times. Another rule of thumb to follow is when the weapon is loaded, never rest or place you finger on the trigger until you are absolutely ready to fire your weapon. Don't rely on your weapon's "safety" feature, as mechanical issues could occur. A better option would be to rest you finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun instead. A hunter must always be cautious of what is beyond the intended target. Make sure to observe prospective areas before firing.
When storing a gun make sure to use proper precautions as well. Like other tools, proper maintenance is key to keeping a weapon in good working condition. Regular cleanings are imperative for firearm safety. If your weapon had been in storage for a long period of time, make sure it is properly cleaned before firing. You should become familiar with the mechanics of your weapon. If you are not sure how to properly clean your gun, then have the weapon serviced by a professional regularly.
For your own safety, we suggest you wear proper eye and ear protection anytime you are shooting, whether that's at the range or in the field. As always, treat any weapon as if it is loaded, and use caution whenever you handle any firearm.
Double T Outfitters takes gun safety very seriously for our staff and our clients. We hope you keep these tips in mind, and we'd love to hear what firearm safety tips for hunting you have. Have a safe and happy hunting season this year.