Basic Firearms Safety is a Must for Hunting
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign encourages hunters to take the proper precautions with firearms to be safe during time spent outdoors.
Firearms safety is an element of instruction taught by the Commission’s Hunter Education Program, with free courses offered year-round, throughout the state. Instructors advise hunters to prioritize safety when handling firearms:
- Point a firearm in a safe direction at all times.
- Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
- Identify your target and what’s beyond it.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you have positively identified your target and are ready to shoot.
“Firearms safety is exercising caution and using your head,” said Travis Casper, Hunting Education Program coordinator. “You can’t be too careful. Always maintain muzzle control. Obey hunting and firearm regulations and put into practice what you’ve learned in hunter education.”
It is important for hunters to maintain firearm proficiency. It is important to take time to build marksmanship skills, he said.
<p” style=”color: #000000;”>“Information on public and private shooting ranges is available at our website, www.ncwildlife.org,” Casper said. “The Wildlife Commission and various partners are working to expand shooting range opportunities across the state. The Wildlife Commission funds its proportion of range construction using hunting license receipts, with maintenance through Pittman-Robertson funds, which are 10 percent excise taxes collected from manufacturers of guns and ammunition.”
The Home From The Hunt™ campaign also recommends anyone spending time outdoors in areas shared with hunters wear blaze orange. Blaze orange clothing stands out against an outdoor background and studies have proven it increases visibility of the wearer in lowlight situations. Also, hunters should consider using a flashlight when walking in lowlight and dark conditions.