Hunting and Outdoors

Quick Hunting Tip: 7 Safety Tips for Sharing Hunting Grounds

The perks of public land hunting are many such as they tend to hold an abundance of game and upland game birds plus the cost is minimal when compared to hunting with outfitters or leasing private land. Following are seven simple rules and using common sense when you share ground with others will help make your hunting excursion more enjoyable.

Browning Hunting
Hunting with Browning

Seven important tips to help keep you safe while hunting public lands:

  1. Public lands often have additional regulations. It is your responsibility to know the law. Understand all hunting regulations that pertain to that area.
  2. Always observe and obey safety zones.
  3. Always IDENTIFY your target before shooting. Remember hunting on public land often means other hunters may share the same area. Do not shoot over the horizon or into thick cover.
  4. If hunter’s orange is required, keep it on at all times. If it is optional, wear it while entering and exiting the area.
  5. A majority of public lands have a mandatory check-in/check-out policy, be sure to do both.
  6. Keep firearms unloaded until you have settled into your hunting location.
  7. If you come across a hunter who is not following the regulations, quietly leave the area and report them. Do not take the law into your own hands.

Thanks to thousands of public access sites around the country more and more people are discovering public land hunting for the first time. Whether the reasons are due to the economy or they struggle to find and afford private land to hunt on, many are venturing out to public places. Regardless of where you hunt, keeping safe should always be your number one goal.

Share your safety tip for sharing hunting grounds in the comment section.


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Comments (2)

  1. Great write up Lisa!
    I would add to your third point that whenever possible one should determin where the bullit may go if the shot is a thru an thru or a miss.
    A back stop is as important as the shot. You don’t want it to stop in another hunter by accident.
    Public lands in the lower 48 likly get a higher use impact than they do here in Alaska. Mostly cause here there’s not as many people and PUL are somewhat more extensive and remote in AK. These guidelines are good common sense and any hunter with a good sporting ethos should follow them.
    Thanks for shining a light on this issue!

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