10 Com­mand­ments of firearms safety

The Covington News - - Agriculture & Outdoors -

SO­CIAL CIR­CLE, Ga. — Ge­or­gia re­ported 41 hunt­ing in­ci­dents, 22 of which in­volved firearms, for the pre­vi­ous 2007-2008 hunt­ing sea­son. With the open­ing of deer hunt­ing firearms sea­son, Oct. 18, all hun­ters should re­view the ‘Ten Com­mand­ments of Firearms Safety’ be­fore head­ing to the woods this sea­son.

“Ul­ti­mately, each hunter is re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing them­selves and oth­ers safe while pur­su­ing deer this year,” says Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources’ Wildlife Re­sources Divi­sion Hunter Safety Co­or­di­na­tor Capt. James Bell. “This in­cludes re­spect­ing all firearms and be­ing ab­so­lutely cer­tain of their tar­get.”

The ‘Ten Com­mand­ments of Firearms Safety’ is an ex­cel­lent safety check­list, cov­ered in all hunter ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses, and well worth a re­view by any hunter who uti­lizes firearms to hunt. The com­mand­ments are as fol­lows:

1. Con­trol the di­rec­tion of the firearm’s muz­zle. Keep the safety on and fin­gers off the trig­ger at all times un­til ready to shoot.

2. Iden­tify the tar­get and what is be­yond it be­fore shoot­ing. Know the iden­ti­fy­ing fea­tures of the game hunted and be ab­so­lutely cer­tain that what you are aim­ing at is that game.

3. Treat ev­ery firearm as if it is loaded.

4. Be sure the bar­rel and action are clear of ob­struc­tions and that only the proper size of am­mu­ni­tion is used in the firearm.

5. Al­ways un­load a firearm when it is not in use, leave the ac­tions open, carry empty firearms in a case to and from shoot­ing ar­eas.

6. Never aim a firearm at any­thing that you do not in­tend to shoot. Avoid all horse­play with a firearm.

7. Never climb a tree or fence, or jump a ditch or log, with a loaded firearm. Never pull a firearm to­wards you by the muz­zle.

8. Never shoot a bul­let at a flat, hard sur­face or at wa­ter. Make sure back­stops are ad­e­quate dur­ing tar­get prac­tice.

9. Store firearms and am­mu­ni­tion sep­a­rately and be­yond the reach of chil­dren and care­less adults.

10. Avoid all al­co­holic bev­er­ages and drugs be­fore and dur­ing shoot­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion on firearms safety, visit www.go­hunt­ge­or­gia.com or con­tact the WRD Hunter Ed­u­ca­tion of­fice at (770) 761-3010

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