Safety Tips

To keep hunting a safe and enjoyable activity, follow these rules:

  • Positively identify your target! Be sure you are shooting at legal game. Never shoot at sounds or movement!
  • Stay in the zone! Know your safe zone-of-fire. Never shoot at game moving between you and someone else.
  • Plan your hunt! Let someone know where you’re hunting and when you’ll return.
  • Buckle up! If you hunt from an elevated stand, always wear a full-body, fall-restraint device as soon as your feet leave the ground until they return.
  • Keep fit! Hunting is hard work. Don’t become a statistic—keep physically fit. Start with a check-up and follow your doctor’s advice.
  • Stay found! Become familiar with your hunting area. Learn how to use a map and compass or GPS unit. Be prepared for emergencies. Carry a basic survival kit and know how to use it.
  • Be seen! Wear or display the required amount of fluorescent orange clothing.

Turkey Hunting Safety Tips:

To keep turkey hunting a safe and enjoyable activity,
follow these rules:

  • Positively identify your target! Be certain the bird is fully and plainly visible before pulling the trigger. Don’t shoot at sounds or movement!
  • Never stalk a turkey! Movement or sounds you think are a turkey may be another hunter. Be patient, let the bird come to you.
  • Protect your back! Select a large tree, rock or other natural barrier while calling. Hunt in open woods.
  • Shout “STOP” to alert approaching hunters! Never move, wave or make turkey sounds to alert others of your position.
  • Dress to be safe! Never wear red, white, blue or black clothing. These are the colors found on mature gobblers.
  • Cover up! Don’t carry harvested birds in the open. Cover them with fluorescent orange or completely conceal from view in a game bag.
  • Be seen! Wear or display the required amount of fluorescent orange, particularly when moving.

Primary Firearm Safety Rules

When using a firearm, be sure to follow these five primary safety rules.
You can remember these rules by thinking SMART . . .

  • Safe Direction: Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  • Make sure: Positively identify your target.
  • Always check: Know what’s beyond your target before shooting.
  • Respect firearms: Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
  • Trigger caution: Don’t touch the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

For more safety tips and information check out:
The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s site on Hunter Education.