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September 20, 2008

Practice safety when hunting

Published Sun., Sept. 21, 2008

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● Be absolutely certain of your target and what is in front of and beyond your target. Before you pull the trigger you must properly identify game animals. Until your target is fully visible and in good light, do not even raise your scope to see it. Use binoculars! Determine that you have a safe backstop or background before you fire.. Since you do not know what is on the other side, never take a shot at any animals on top of ridges or hillsides. Know how far bullets, arrows and pellets can travel. Never shoot at flat, hard surfaces, such as water, rocks or steel because of the high probability of ricocheting bullets.

● Unload firearms and unstring conventional bows when not in use. Leave actions open, and store sporting arms in cases when traveling to and from shooting areas. Take bolts out or break down shotguns if necessary. Store and transport firearms and ammunition separately under lock and key. Store firearms and bows in cool, dry places. Use gun or trigger locks and guards when firearms are not in use.

● Handle the firearms, arrows and ammunition carefully. A dropped round of ammunition could explode if the primer is hit. Avoid horseplay with firearms. Never climb a fence, a tree, a deer stand, a ladder on into a duck blind with a loaded firearm or bow and arrows. Never jump a ditch or cross difficult terrain with a loaded firearm or nocked arrow. Never face or look down the barrel from the muzzle end. Be sure the only ammunition you carry correctly matches the gauge or caliber you are shooting. Always carry arrows in a protected cover or quiver. Try to use the two-hand carry method whenever possible because it affords you the best muzzle control. Always carry handguns with hammers or firing pins over an empty chamber or cylinder. If you fall, be sure to disassemble the gun and check the barrel from the breech end for obstructions. Carry a field cleaning kit to remove obstructions in the barrel.

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