Hunting is a safe sport with only a small fraction of hunters ever involved in a hunting incident.
However, no matter how well you know the rules, safety is always an important point of review, and with the upcoming Oct. 17 opening of firearms deer season, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division reminds all hunters to review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods.
“Handling a firearm is a responsibility and all who do should take the time to review safety precautions,” said Walter Lane, hunter development program manager with the Wildlife Resources Division. “This includes respecting all firearms safety rules, being 110 percent certain in identifying a target and awareness of what is in front of and beyond that target.”
During the most recent hunting season, Georgia reported 33 hunting incidents, 15 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/education/#hunter-education or contact the Wildlife Resources Division Hunter Education office at 770-761-3010.