Stay safe this hunting season and follow these 4 fundamental rules of firearm safety.
Everybody needs to know these rules, no matter how old they are or what their experience with guns may be. It's flat out common sense; if you don't know these guidelines, you're doing it wrong.
Watch and listen to this video from Texas Parks and Wildlife sharing the four fundamental rules.
Gun safety should be the number one priority anytime we are handling firearms. There are no exceptions.
1. Point the muzzle in a safe direction at all times.
Loading and unloading from vehicles is where a high percentage of accidents happen. Always keep the barrel of the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
Respect your weapon, and what it is capable of, even if it is unloaded.
3. Be sure of your target, what is in front, and beyond it.
Many accidents have happened when hunters shoot over the crest of a hill and do not know what is on the other side. A nearby town, the neighboring properties house or cabin, etc... This can be prevented. Always know your surroundings, and if you are not certain of what is beyond your target, and where your bullet might travel, you should not pull the trigger. Again, safety is the number one priority when hunting.
4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
This is one of the most important rules and a great way to prevent an accident. I would also add: keep the safety on until you are ready to shoot.
Stay safe and happy hunting everyone! Good luck this season!