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.