1. Every hunter must stay fully alert when
2. Always wear highly visible hunter or
orange clothing, to increase your safety while hunting. Keep in mind
that your clothing
gives other hunters opportunity to easy see you. Majority of states and
provinces require or recommend hunter orange clothing for most hunting
activities in order to increase your safety while hunting.
not wear brown, tan or white clothing during hunting, because these
associated with game species.
4. Do not consume alcohol or other drugs while hunting or when
5. Never go hunt or shoot with anyone who is under the
influences of alcohol or drugs.
6. Never go hunt under influences of prescription or
non-prescription drugs that affect your body's senses (i.e. any
7. Never shoot at game that you can’t identify or at dark
8. Avoid shooting at running game when there is little
opportunity to succeed or at the game that is clearly out of range.
9. Never shoot at animals that are close
to other hunters, hard
surfaces (rocks, trees) or other animals you don’t hunt.
shooting at game that another hunter is shooting at.
11. Always respect zone of fire area. Zone of fire is the area into which a hunter may shoot safely, usually
an area that extends in a 45° angle directly in front of you when
hunting with other hunters. If you are hunting alone your safe zone of fire will be determined by your view, the presence of
unsuitable targets such as rocks trees, or water, and the range of your firearm.
12. Avoid doing
anything that could make someone mistake you for game.
13. When crossing obstacles alone always unload your firearm and leave the action open.
14. When you are
crossing the fence, if possible, place your firearm on the ground under
the fence, with the muzzle pointing in the direction away from you. Try
to keep the muzzle away from mud and debris.
15. Always cross the
obstacle far enough from the firearm so that if you fall, you won't
fall on the firearm.
16. When you have to
retrieve the firearm, always approach it from the stock end, not the
17. When crossing
obstacles with others first unload your firearms and
leave the actions open. First hunter should cross the obstacle while the second
holds both firearms, than the hunter who has not
yet crossed passes the firearms (one by one) over the obstacle to the
first hunter and then crosses the obstacle.
constant control over your firearm. The carry method that offers the
best control of your firearm is two-hand
19. Your first step when
transporting your firearm on an
all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or raising your
firearm into a tree stand is to
check that the gun is unloaded and prove it safe.
20. Never put game over your shoulders to carry it out of
the hunting area or woods.
Article Source: Romwell
Travel Advisory - Hunting Guide