Deer Hunting Safety Tips For Season Openers
LITTLE ROCK – Perhaps the most important aspects of deer hunting are safety and ethics. That’s especially true for the opening of Arkansas’s modern gun deer season this Saturday. If no one paid any attention to these, hunting of any kind would be too dangerous to continue. That’s why it’s so important to stress these factors about deer hunting.
Hunting Safety Tips:
Safe hunting is the responsibility of all hunters. Follow the tips listed below, and you will help make the Arkansas outdoors safer for all.
- Don’t rely on your gun’s safety. Treat all firearms as if they’re loaded and ready to fire.
- Never cross a fence, climb a tree or stand or jump a ditch with a loaded gun.
- Never hoist a loaded firearm into a stand.
- Never load or carry a loaded firearm until you are ready to use it. Always unload firearms before riding in any vehicle, including ATVs. Watch your muzzle so the other hunter doesn’t have to.
- Wear hunter orange so you can be seen. A blaze orange hat and at least 400 square inches of hunter orange above the waistline must be worn during all gun deer seasons. It must be worn at all times, not taken off once in the stand.
- Keep guns and ammunition separately and in locked storage.
- Don’t shoot unless absolutely sure of your target and what is beyond it.
- Know the range of your firearm. Remember, even a .22 rimfire can travel over 1-1/2 miles.
- Always be sure your gun barrel and action are clear of obstructions and only carry ammunition specifically intended for the firearm you’re using.
- Always carry handguns with the hammer down on an empty chamber.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting.
- Tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return. If you move from one area to another advise someone.
- Dress for the weather. Take a GPS or compass to prevent getting lost.
- Carry a flashlight while walking through the hunting area before or after daylight.
- Obey all the rules of safety and insist that those around you do the same.
- Obey all game laws and insist that those hunting with you do likewise.
- Do your best to acquire marksmanship and hunting skills that assure clean, sportsmanlike kills.
- Support conservation efforts that assure good hunting for future generations.
- Don’t be a slob. Keep your campsite neat and don’t offend others by openly displaying your kill on your vehicle.
- Pass along to other hunters, especially youngsters, the attitudes and skills essential to being a true outdoor sportsman.
- Make sure you have permission before hunting on private property.
Most importantly, don’t forget to purchase your hunting license. Licenses may be purchased from dealers, and AGFC Regional Office, the Little Rock headquarters, online or over the phone. Online license purchasing is convenient, but make sure you don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your license online. When purchasing online, a receipt with a confirmation number will be produced. That receipt does not allow for big game hunting such as deer, turkey, bear, elk or alligator. The actual license must be in the hunter’s possession before they are allowed to hunt.Please allow for sufficient mailing time before processing on the Internet or by phone.Licenses may be purchase at www.agfc.com.