There’s no question that hunting is a favorite pastime for people across the country. While it is a great activity, there are some steps you need to take to ensure you are safe, and that others who are hunting with you are safe, as well.
Unfortunately, thousands of hunting accidents occur every year, where people are injured due to gun shots, falls from tree stands and more. If you ever are injured in this situation, it is best to contact a personal injury attorney for help with your case. However, there are also some tips you can use to help prevent the injuries to begin with.
Always Point the Gun in a Safe Direction
Be sure to control where your gun points at all times. Don’t point your gun or bow at anything you don’t plan on shooting. Also, keep your safety engaged until you are ready to shoot.
Treat All Firearms with Respect
Each time you select a gun to use, make sure to aim the muzzle in a direction where no one is located to check whether or not it is loaded. Make sure the magazine and chamber are completely empty. Also, make sure the actions remain open until you are ready to fire it. Get your target in sight and know what is beyond and in front of your target. Prior to pulling the trigger, identify a game animal and know how far your bullet or arrow is going to travel.
Unload and Unstring Firearms and Bows when Not in Use
Leave the actions open and store the sporting arms in a case when going to or from a shooting location. Also, break down shotguns when necessary. Be sure to store and to transport your ammunition and your guns separately and locked, when necessary. When you aren’t using the gun or bow, make sure to install trigger locks or guards to prevent unauthorized use.
Handle Your Ammunition, Arrows and Guns Carefully
Don’t ever “play around” with arrows or guns. Also, never try to climb while holding a loaded gun or bow. Don’t ever do anything that is unsafe while handling these items, as it could result in an injury to you, or someone you are hunting with.
While these tips should help you and anyone you are hunting with remain safe, accidents still happen. If you suffer an injury because of the fault of someone else, then you may be able to recover compensation. Keep in mind, hunting accidents can result in serious and often devastating injuries, which is why it is so important to take preventive steps.
If you need help after a hunting accident, contact a personal injury attorney. They can review the facts of your case and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.