Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or preparing for your first hunt, safety should be your number one priority no matter what you’re hunting. Hunting accidents can happen, but with preparation and some common sense, your hunting trip can be safe, fun, and enjoyable for everyone involved.
At Gun Emporium, we believe in promoting safe hunting practices just as much as we believe in providing high-quality hunting gear. Here are our top hunting safety tips for your next outing.
Know Your Gun
The first thing you need to do before you go hunting is to fully understand your gun. Meticulously practice shooting to help you understand how your gun works, where the safety is located, and what to expect after pulling the trigger. If you go hunting without first learning the ins and outs of your specific gun, there’s a much higher chance of an accident occurring.
You should also learn how to reload your gun safely and efficiently. Never turn the safety off and place your finger on the trigger unless you intend to shoot. These are just a few of the things that you should be aware of when handling your gun, so it’s a good idea to get some practice in beforehand.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Know your surroundings at all times. Regardless of whether you’re hunting with a group or hunting solo, you should always know what’s going on around you. Even if you know that your gun is not loaded, handle your gun as if it is loaded at all times, and keep the muzzle pointed to the ground unless you are actively shooting.
Many hunting accidents are caused by hunters not being entirely aware of their surroundings or losing focus. Before you shoot, ensure that there are no other hunters near your target, and check what’s behind your target as well as to the sides. If you miss your target, the bullet is going to go somewhere, so always ensure that there is nobody in the area before you shoot.
Have a Way to Communicate
Effective communication methods are important, especially when you are on a solo hunt. Scout the area before you go on your hunt to see if you get mobile phone reception. If you don’t, plan another method of communication. If you’re injured or get lost on the hunt, having a form of communication can make all the difference.
If you’re hunting in a group, have a way to quickly communicate with one another. Short-range radios are ideal for small hunting parties to keep in touch in case of emergency.
Use a Body Harness
Treestand accidents are the leading cause of hunting injuries, and can occur even from low heights. Improper tree stand installation, unsure footing, and missteps are easy ways to get injured on the hunt. One of the easiest ways to prevent a treestand injury is to use a body harness at all times in the tree.
We’ve helped countless hunters prepare for their trips, and we can help you stay safe on your next outing as well. Safe hunting is as much about common sense as it is about having the right hunting equipment. When you shop with Gun Emporium, you’re getting more than just high-quality firearms and hunting accessories. You’re getting a team of hunting experts that will show you tips and techniques to stay safe and secure on the hunt. Check out what we have available online or come in to see us today.