While only a small fraction of hunters are ever involved in a hunting incident, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) encourages everyone to review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods.
“You cannot over-emphasize safety enough when you are handling a firearm,” said Jennifer Pittman, WRD’s Hunting and Shooting Education Supervisor. “Not only are you protecting yourself, but you also are looking out for all other hunters and you potentially are providing an example of firearms respect to younger hunters.”
During the most recent hunting season, Georgia reported 42 hunting incidents, 20 of which involved firearms.
The following checklist, comprised of only four items, is covered in all hunter education courses and easily can be remembered with the acronym ACTT:
A – Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
C – Control the muzzle of the firearm at all times.
T – Be certain of the Target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
T – Keep your finger outside of the Trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
For more information on firearms safety, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/education or contact the Wildlife Resources Division Hunter Education office at 770-761-3010.