Posts Tagged ‘Hunter Education & Safety’

National Shooting Sports Foundation Project Child Safe logo

NSSF: HUNT S.A.F.E. . . . Hunting Checklist for Families

HUNT S.A.F.E. . . . NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program is in the midst of promoting its Hunt S.A.F.E. campaign, which urges hunters and all firearm owners to Secure your firearms when not in use; be Aware of those around you who are not authorized to have access to guns; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner; and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage.

Man in tree wearing HSS Hanger Utility Harness

Hunter Safety System HSS Hanger Utility Harness

Hanging a tree stand can be tricky. You need to get up the tree, get the stand up the tree, and have about six hands to hold everything you need to attach the stand to the tree—until now. Hunter Safety System has introduced the HSS Hanger Utility Harness, which promises to make hanging stands safer and easier than ever.

Hunter ed course green and orange logo with crosshairs

12 Tips for a Safe Holiday Hunt

It is a tradition around my house—when my son returns home every Christmas—we head to the pheasant fields for a bird hunt. He generally hasn’t hunted since the previous Christmas, so the first thing we review is the 12 Rules of Hunter Safety as featured in the online hunters safety course.

Hunter Ed Course instructor explaining zone of fire to a young hunter.

5 Tips to Ensure a Safe Zone of Fire in the Field

A Guest Post By Jim Moore

Hunting day is here. We’re all excited on that first day of hunting, but we must remember that safety in the field is the number one priority. A key rule of hunter safety training is to make sure you understand the concept of a safe “Zone of Fire” and that all your hunting buddies do too.

Dolbee with Texas Whitetail Buck

10 Tips for Beginning Hunters

The first hunt is a right of passage for some and the fulfillment of a long-awaited dream for others, in many instances it is likely both. It is a part of the hunting community’s heritage and a coveted moment worthy of celebration when introducing a new member of the next generation to hunting. Having a young son rapidly approaching that age, I am certainly eagerly awaiting the day he asks for his opportunity to go afield. To that end, I am sure a beginner’s guide to hunting could be of value to neophyte and veteran hunters mentoring new hunters alike.

8 Steps to an Enjoyable Hunting Season

There are several steps every hunter should take before leaving the house to go hunting.

Before you start acquiring supplies for your upcoming hunt, you should make sure that you are aware of the requirements for the area in which you intend to hunt. Some states require different equipment for different types of hunting. You can review your own state’s requirements by contacting the applicable state wildlife agency. You do not want to show up in the field with an extended tube magazine on your shotgun when you are not allowed to have more than three. Non-firearm hunting supplies are essential too, such as a game processing set, game call, game scent, game decoy, and binoculars.

Coyote Hunting with Remington 700 BDL in .223 Remington

If your state requires completing a hunter education course, you will need to take the course before you hit the trail. You will also need to purchase a hunting license. There are usually several different options for hunting licenses, so make sure you choose the correct one for the type of hunting you plan to do. Some states, however, offer an “apprentice hunting license,” which allows licensees to accompany an experienced hunter before taking a hunter education course.

I highly recommend reviewing the firearm safety rules for obvious reasons. This will help you remember to bring certain items, such as hearing and eye protection, as the rules require. Speaking from personal experience, being anywhere near an AR-15 type rifle with a muzzle break when it goes off is conducive to hearing loss.

Taking your primary hunting handgun, rifle, or shotgun to the shooting range before a hunt is always a good idea. Time at the range lets you confirm your zero while providing a good excuse to clean your firearm before hunting time. Dirty guns are more prone to malfunction and decreased accuracy than clean guns. Besides, shooting is much more fun when your gun(s) work properly.

With all of the residential and commercial construction expanding out into the suburbs, don’t forget to confirm the location of, directions to, and boundaries of the property you plan to hunt before you leave. The boundaries can easily change in between, and even during, the seasons. It can be costly to get all the way to your intended destination only to find the entrance is closed, causing you to have to go all the way around to another entrance several paved miles away; or scrap the hunt all together. Also, driving or walking onto land that was previously open for public hunting, but is no longer open to the public, can make for an interesting situation. Add to that: getting your truck stuck in the mud; having to call for a tow truck to yank it out; and having the local Game Warden randomly show up. All this while on non-hunting property and within three hours of waking up—you get a very non-fun experience. Ask me how I know.

In summary, if you observe these eight steps:

  1. Know your area rules and requirements
  2. Take a hunter’s education course
  3. Get your hunting license
  4. Review gun safety rules
  5. Use ear and eye protection
  6. Warm up at the range before the hunt
  7. Clean your firearms
  8. Confirm location

All there is to do after that is get outside and have a great time!

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