All hunting accidents are preventable.
All the hunting safety rules are important, but violating a few basic concepts seems to be the source of most accidents.
Pay close attention to these critical areas as you hunt:
- muzzle control
- treating every firearm as if it were loaded
- knowing your target
- unloading when not ready to shoot
- not shooting from in or on a vehicle
Watch this reminder video and take these four steps to help prevent the most common hunting accidents:
1. Take a hunter education course. Hunter education has had a great impact on the safety of hunters. Learn in this video about the four ways, including an online option, that you can complete the course and get more detail online.
2. Fire only when it is safe. Be sure of your target and always be aware of your surroundings. Dove-hunting accidents in which the victim is covered by a shooter swinging on a bird are the most common mishap.
3. Never carry a loaded firearm in or around a vehicle. Loading and unloading ammunition and gun handling before and after a hunt are critical moments for safe gun handling. Never hunt from a vehicle.
4. Wear hunter orange to be seen. Even though it may not be required when hunting on private land, hunter orange vests and caps have reduced ‘hunter judgment’ mistakes by more than 50 percent in states requiring them to be worn.
About The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department manages and conserves the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.