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Hunting is safe compared to other sports because we use high powered rifles as equipment. Unfortunately, accidents still happen every year. Thankfully, fatalities remain few and far between, accounting for only a small fraction of all hunting accidents. Still, even one avoidable death is one too many.

Four Main Causes of Hunting Incidents
The four main types of hunting-related shooting incidents are:
· Hunter Judgment Mistakes:such as mistaking another person for game or not checking the foreground or background before firing
· Safety Rule Violations:including pointing the muzzle in an unsafe direction and ignoring proper procedures for crossing a fence, obstacle, or difficult terrain
· Lack of Control and Practice:which can lead to accidental discharges and stray shots
· Mechanical Failure:such as an obstructed barrel or improper ammunition
And from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) 2007 Industry Intelligence Reports, these are the most common causes of hunting incidents:
· Failure to identify the target (15.5%)
· Shooter swinging on game (12.8%)
· Careless handling of a firearm (11.4%)
· Victim out of sight of the shooter (8.3%)

How to Make Hunting A Safe Outdoor Activity?
From a law enforcement perspective, a hunt occurs when a hunter uses a gun or bow to cause bodily injury or death, directly or indirectly. More broadly defined, a hunting event is any unplanned, uncontrolled behavior that occurs while using a motor arm.

According to the National Safety Council, hunting is a safe activity. Hunting caused fewer injuries per 100,000 participants than many sports, including cycling, bowling, golf and tennis. By law, Missouri requires hunters born on or to take hunting education classes after January 1, 1967. Since hunting education became mandatory in 1987, hunting accidents and fatalities have decreased by more than 70%.

Gun Safety:
· Never run with a loaded gun.
· Never climb a tree or cross/jump a fence, ditch, stream, slippery or steep terrain or other obstacle with a loaded gun.
· Walk with the barrel of the gun pointed down.
· Never point the muzzle at a person, even if unloaded.
· Check the barrel and chamber for obstructions every time you pick up a gun.
· Keep the safety on and you’re finger off the trigger, until you’re ready to shoot.
· Only carry and use ammunition made for your gun.
· Unload all firearms and leave the action open when not in use.

Shooting Safety:
· Have a clear view of your target, never shoot at sound or movement.
· Always make sure your target is an animal, not a human.
· Ensure there isn’t a human between or just beyond you and your target.
· Know the range of the gun and ammunition you’re using. Shotgun pellets can travel well beyond a shotgun’s range and high-velocity bullets
· can travel up to three miles away.
· Never shoot towards another hunter or move into their line of fire.
· Watch your footing while shooting to avoid stumbling or falling during the shot.
· Never shoot at water or hard, flat surfaces, which can result in ricochets.
· Never pick up a loaded gun, if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking any type of drugs, including over-the-counter medications, that make you less alert.

Outdoor Safety Tips for Hunting Season
Many hunting accidents may be prevented by following proper safety tips and always staying aware of one’s surroundings when hunting. These tips not only keep you safe, but also can keep other hunters in the area safe.
Hunter safety starts with these tips:
· Hunting Knowledge:Learn as much as you can about gun safety and hunting rules. This may require both classroom training and hands-on practice.
· Right Clothing:Many hunters wear camouflage to blend in with their surroundings and avoid detection by deer and other prey. However, this increases the hunter's risk of being shot, as other hunters may not see the person either. A good tip is to wear bright orange, which is easily seen by other hunters.
· Keep your body temperature:When the outdoor temperature dips below zero, you would need something to keep your body warm. Just like Ocoopa Union 2s hand warmer for hunting, each hand warmer is claimed to produce a massive heat output run time of 8+ hours on low. These rechargeable hand warmers would accompany you for a whole day. And only if you feel comfortable, will you be able to result in a higher success rate.
· Practice safe gun use:A good rule of thumb is to always handle a firearm as you would a gun. This means never pointing it at others. When borrowing someone else's firearm, be sure to fully understand its purpose before using it to hunt. Also, look carefully before shooting. Try looking far ahead before pulling the trigger.
· Don’t hunt while intoxicated:It goes without saying that alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs can all impair a person's judgment. make accidents more likely to happen.

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