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Hunting Safety And Tips From The DNR,4570,7-350-79119_79147_91682—,00.html

It may come as a surprise to some, but hunting is actually one of the safest sports you can be a part of. Why is that? Because the people who participate have a healthy respect for the rules and regulations involved with hunting safety. Make sure you know how to keep hunting trips safe for yourself and your surroundings before you enter the woods this fall.


Tell someone the specific time, duration, and location that you will be hunting and schedule check-in times. Update your contact if plans change. Medical incidents are unplanned – staying in contact with someone who knows your plan could save your life.

Hunt with a partner and know your zone of fire.

Carry a two-way communication device that receives service in remote areas – such as a phone or two-way radio. Ensure the device is always within reach in case you need to call for help.

Hunting on or near water? Wear your life jacket.


• Keep the safety of your firearm on until you are prepared to take your shot.

• Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.

• Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times.

• Be aware of your surroundings – know your target and what is beyond it.

• Put your finger on the trigger only when you are ready to shoot.

• Don’t use your scope as binoculars – only point your firearm at something you intend to shoot.

• Unload the firearm when crossing obstacles and/or getting in or out of a tree stand.

• Check the barrel and ammunition to ensure they are clear from any obstructions and use the proper ammunition.

• Do not drink alcohol or use any mind-altering substances when hunting – including marijuana and/or medications.

• Firearms in the home should be unloaded and securely stored separately from the ammunition.

• When transporting firearms in vehicles make sure that they are unloaded and in a case.

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