I did not write this just reposted it. I though it was a good read
With gun season quickly approaching and a lot of people sighting in guns and cleaning them I’d like to make a PSA. Hunters please remember that it is more important to have everyone go home safe then it is for you to put horns on your wall. Please remember the 4 rules of firearm safety
T- treat every gun as if it were loaded A-always point your muzzle in safe direction B- be sure of your target and what’s beyond K- keep your finger out of the trigger guard until ready to shoot
If you look at every firearm related accident one of those rules were broke. Things like sticks accidentally grabbing the trigger when your walking through the woods, it’s something that can happen but if your muzzle is in a safe direction it simply stays an accident and not a tragedy, same thing goes for knowing the area you hunt. Where are houses, roads, other people going to be. After the bullet goes through the deer where is it going to go. And please do not use your scope as binoculars. Also keep in mind almost all hunting related incidents are either self inflicted or involving a family member/ friend.. think about who you hunt with those are the most likely people to be involved with your failure to be safe. And please unload your gun when you climb tree stands it’s hard to control the muzzle when you are falling.
Lastly for those of you mentoring youth. This is your time to prove to Wisconsin why kids under 10 can hunt safely. It is your responsibility to teach that child the hunter safety rules and to practice practice practice being safe. This starts at the home. Before hunting that kid should be familiar with the gun. Know where the safety is and how to use it. They should learn to hold and handle the gun without pointing at people. When in the stand run through scenarios and talk about the possible outcomes. Talk about if a deer comes from that direction we can’t shoot because its up hill and don’t know what’s on the backside. Talk about if a miss occurs what’s going to happen. They will never know what to do unless you teach them before it happens. Also a good thing to do is practice looking down the scope or pointing the gun where you think the deer might come from. Have them pretend to follow a deer a few step side to side and talk to them about tunnel vision. If they start aiming at a deer in a safe direction but as it moves your safe zones of fire change and looking down a scope or barrel can sometimes be hard to see the change in direction. Remember you are out there for the kid not for you. Take the time to teach them the right way
There are plenty more things to think about and keep in mind which I’m sure will show up in the comments but I wanted to keep this relatively short and highlight the key factors of safety. If you need a refresher contact your local hunter safety chapter.
Thank you and safe hunting