DALLAS –-(Ammoland.com)- When you’re ready to go out in the field for a day of hunting, the first crucial step is getting there safely.
As always, treat every firearm as if it is loaded, and ensure that it is unloaded with the safety on. Pack your firearms in a case while you travel, and wait to load up until you are at your destination.
In addition to following the 4 Essential Rules of Firearm Safety, remember these few simple guidelines to stay safe:
- After checking—and double-checking—that the firearm is unloaded, pack it in a secure case before loading it into your vehicle. Pack the ammunition separately.
- Store your gun in the back; you won’t need it until you arrive at your hunting location.
- When you arrive, uncase your firearms. Wait to load your ammunition until you are away from the vehicle and ready to start your hunt.
- Rest or go slowly to avoid careless mistakes that can happen when you’re overtired.
- When crossing obstacles like streams or fences, unload your firearms and open the action so that you can move safely.
- At the end of the hunt, unload firearms before approaching the vehicle, being sure to face away from others and point your muzzle in a safe direction. Check the safety and remove the ammunition before casing your firearm once again.
Watch this video below for more detail on the best ways to get to and from your hunt safely.
Save your worries for finding the best game by transporting your firearms safely, both to and from your hunt.
Remember: Always load your brain before your load your gun. (In other words, keep your mind on what you are doing.).
Hunter Ed Safety Tip
When duck hunting or using a boat, leave a float plan, wear a life jacket, and use caution when loading your gear into the boat. Be sure not to overload your boat above its capacity when traveling with companions or a dog!
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