Think safety when turkey hunting
April 11, 2011
As another turkey season approaches, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters of the No. 1 thing they should remember when hunting – safety.
Two main causes of incidents in which a turkey hunter is injured are shooting at sound and movement and shooting down range of a turkey. To prevent accidental shootings, always identify your target and know what is beyond your target.
Spring turkey hunters are camouflaged to try to be invisible to turkeys. But that also means they may be difficult for other hunters to see, as well. Never stalk a turkey; it could be another hunter. So, if you are that other hunter, show some hunter orange when you are on the move and do not wear red, blue or white; they are colors found in turkeys. If you believe another hunter is stalking you, call out to alert him to your presence.
The following are other general firearm hunting safety tips:
– Treat each firearm as if it is loaded.
– Keep the firearm muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
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– Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot.
– Know your target and what is beyond it.
– Keep the barrel and action clear of obstructions.
– Unload guns when not in use.
– Store guns and ammunition in separate locked locations.
– Never climb over a fence or creek or into a tree stand with a loaded firearm.
– Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.
For more information see the Nebraska Game & Parks website at OutdoorNebraska.org.