Essential Hunting Safety Tips Every Hunter Should Check

A good reliable hunter must accept the responsibility of handling his gun in a mature manner at all times. To have perfect protection and safety for you and others around you need proper hunting safety tips and guide before holding the gun.

Although, I didn’t like the safety issues at the first couple of years into my outdoor hunting. But as I grew experience, I started to learn, safety does not compromise your enjoyments, it is more of a responsibility a matured man should have.

So, I began to learn the safety issues along with reading different hunting guides. This information I gathered was happened to be very enjoyable as well. I guess the “hunting” topic is attractive, and anything related to it will grab my attention easily.

8 Most Essential Hunting Safety Tips


With all my experiences with deer hunting and bird hunting, I will like to share some basic hunting safety tips. These tips easy to acquire, and you do not need to change your hunting style at all. Like the safety in fishing, you should also consider these safety steps in hunting properly.  You just need to follow these steps and be little more careful while hunting.

  1. Do Not Use Strange Gun

This first safety tip is easier and that is not using a strange gun. No one should use a gun for hunting unless he already has field-tested it. Whether hunting with a shotgun or a rifle, knowledge of the gun and how it operates is an essential part of safety. Carrying a gun you are not familiar with is irresponsible.

  1. Gun Safety Tips

Gun safety comes down to a few simple rules, and most are just common sense. Knowing your gun, for example, and accepting responsibility for what it does while in your hands are really only common sense.

Rifle Safety Tips

You must know how to load and unload carefully. You need to carry the gun properly so that you won’t hurt someone else, or yourself.

There are several ways that you can kill another person or yourself, so the beginning hunter should develop habits that will in time become second nature.

  1. Loading & Unloading Firearms Safely

Always assume that a gun is loaded unless you have unloaded it yourself and the gun has not left your sight. Trust no one in this situation. If someone hands you a gun and says, “Don’t worry about it, I just checked it myself,” you should look to see if both the magazine and chamber are indeed unloaded. Checking the loading and unloading of firearms is necessary in all cases.

As long as there is a shell in either place, the gun is “loaded” and should be regarded as loaded. The first thing to do, then, after you’ve picked up a gun is to check the chamber and the magazine. Check even if it is your personal gun and you have unloaded it and put it away yourself.

Sounds silly, this advice? Yes, and 99.99 percent of the time a gun that has been unloaded and put away will be unloaded when it is taken out of the case or down from where it hangs. It costs nothing to be super safe. Once the gun has been out of your sight, check it when you pick it up again.

  1. Keep the Guns in Cases

On the way to a hunt, the guns should be in cases in the trunk of the car. Some states have laws that demand that guns be in the trunk, and some do not. But why carry a gun up front with passengers? So you can get quickly out of the car and go after the game?

Sure, that is a good reason in some parts of the country, not a safe reason, but a reason. The temptation when guns are kept in the passenger compartment is to carry them loaded. Why not? Wouldn’t a loaded gun permit you to get out of the car quickly and shoot quickly, or even shoot from the window of the car?

Keep the Guns in Cases

Yes, of course, if you have a loaded gun in the seat beside you, you can do all of these things, but remember: the sacrifice of safety may not be worth it.

You could be fined if caught, and in many states shooting from a car or on a road is illegal. Perhaps your hunting license could be suspended. But these reasons, a fine or losing a license, are not the most important. Hunters should handle guns safely because a life may be saved, not because of the laws that try to protect us from ourselves.

  1. Check the Gun Carefully Before Usage

Once at the hunting site, carefully remove the gun from the trunk and its case, and open the action. This will show the others around that your gun is unloaded, that it cannot be shot.

Leave the action open until you get to the place where you want to start hunting. The minute the action is closed, regard a gun carried by someone else as loaded. They will look at your gun that way. And they should. How can we tell when the action is closed that a gun is not loaded? No way.

  1. Do not Point a Gun at Someone

No one should ever point his gun at someone else. Part of the responsibility is to make sure that the muzzle is pointed in a direction in which, should the gun go off, the charge will not hit anyone.

That means that a gun should be held so that it is pointed to the sky or toward the ground and, of course, away from all others. If another hunter holds his gun so that the muzzle points in your direction, tell him about it.

If he is your friend, he’ll be glad to know that he is lax: and if your buddy gets mad, well, you can always find other hunting companions. No need to go into the field with someone who is not interested in hunting safely.

  1. Hunting Safety Tips on Zone-of-Fire

There are times during a hunt that may be extremely dangerous. People hunting in heavy, low brush-good quail cover-must be careful, because once sight has been lost of another hunter, it is difficult to pinpoint his location.  Does not matter, in which position you are standing, you should check, where the bullet is going.

And the hunter should never shoot unless he knows there is no chance of hitting a companion. At all times you should know where the bullet or shot will go. In heavy cover, keep constant voice contact or, better still, never shoot into the cover. Which means, if you are hunting quail, you may have to pass up many shots.

Some hunters simply refuse to hunt in the cover so heavy that brush and weeds always hide one or more companions. Many do hunt heavy cover because that is where pheasant, quail, and rabbits hide once the shooting has started. The heavier the hunting, the more likely a bird or animal is to be in dense cover, where there is safety.

  1. Watch Out for Other Hunters

A good rule to follow is ‘watch out for other hunters.” Once I hunted on a game farm in Minnesota, where pheasant was released daily. A guide and his dogs that would take paying customers out to the cornfields where the pheasant had been released. I noticed that the guide I was with (there were three other hunters) always fell to the ground when we started shooting.

Watch Out for Other Hunters

Therefore, you need to take care of yourself, trust no one completely when hunting, and don’t hesitate to duck or fall flat when it seems likely that you are in the line of fire of a hunter concentrating on a kill. Protect yourself. Take no chances on Zone of Fire.

And protect others. Safe hunting tips come down to two broad categories:

Watch out not only for yourself but for the other person as well.

Quite often, these two interests coincide. A loaded gun always is to be considered for what it is – a lethal, deadly, dangerous weapon. Countless hunters have killed or injured themselves because they forgot.

Last Few Words

If you are serious about hunting then you check out some serious hunting guides with details on safety and skills. Being safe is the most important part of outdoor hunting, with either fishing or deer hunting.

I hope my hunting safety tips will make you hunting safer without reducing any chances of enjoying the outdoor time. If you follow these simple tips and steps, you can continue your surviving on outdoor without any problem.


Hunting for Beginners by Dick Pryce

NRA Gun Safety Rules: NRA Explore

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