Hunting is a rich tradition, often passed down from family members to the next generation. The most important part of this experience is ensuring proper precautions and responsible use of firearms are used to help make every hunting trip safe, fun and memorable.
Project ChildSafe wants to promote S.A.F.E. hunting and remind outdoors enthusiasts to:
Store your firearms responsibly when not in use;
Always practice firearms safety;
Focus on your responsibilities as a firearms owner; and
Education is key to preventing accidents.
ARE YOU A SAFE HUNTER?
How sharp is your hunting safety knowledge? Take the safety quiz and see how your score compares to your friends.
As an ethical hunter, it’s important to respect the game being hunted. What are some important steps you can take?
Understanding wildlife behavior is crucial to hunting success and adds significantly to respecting the hunt even when no game is taken. Keep a copy of the Hunter’s Pocket Fact Card.
What is the number one cause of hunting injuries?
The number one cause of hunting injuries is carelessness. That’s why it’s important that you become familiar with and educate others about the rules of firearm safety and safe, ethical hunting.
What color should be avoided when turkey hunting?
Though every hunter knows they should be certain of their target before pulling the trigger, it is possible for a person to be mistaken for a game animal by an overanxious and unsafe hunter. Hunters can help protect themselves by not wearing colors that resemble colors of the game they are hunting (blue, white, red and black for wild turkeys; tan and white for deer).
What is the percentage of hunting-related injuries per 100 participants?
Hunting with firearms is one of the safest activities, right after camping and billiards/pool. In fact, a person is 34 times more likely to be injured playing soccer or skateboarding than hunting. For more information, take a look at NSSF’s data on hunting participation and injury.
Which of these items can be used to ensure a firearm is safely stored and secured upon returning from a hunting trip?
Firearms owners have multiple options to safely store their firearms when not in use, depending on the number of firearms to be secured as well as personal preferences. Check out our infographic to learn more about the different options.
A majority of hunters wear hunter orange on their cap or vest. Why is this color used?
Wearing hunter orange, which is often available in patterns to help break up your outline, is a safe and simple way to signal your presence to other hunters and prevent being accidentally shot.
What are some simple ways to prevent firearm accidents during the hunt?
As a responsible hunter, always make sure you and your companions are following safety precautions during a hunting trip. Refer to our tips and guidelines on safe handling and safe storage.
Today, many hunters use tree stands as a preferred hunting spot. What are some advantages of hunting on tree stands?
Tree stands provide several advantages to hunters, including camouflage, an elevated position and an improved view. As always, make sure to follow safety precautions when hunting on a tree stand, and when climbing to or descending from one.
Which of these items is not part of what hunters should bring along for a safe hunting trip?
Using nails to secure tree stands is illegal in certain states and protected areas. As a hunter, you have a responsibility to protect the habitat – get your copy of the Hunter’s Pocket Fact Card for more information on wildlife conservation. Other items, including orange clothing, rope, safety belts and emergency survival kits, are important in ensuring your hunt creates great memories instead of horrible tragedies.
What is the #1 way to prevent accidents, theft and misuse of your firearms during hunting season?
When hunting with firearms, you have a responsibility to safely handle, store and secure your firearms. Make sure you’re familiar with our firearm safety tips.
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