Hunting is a tradition that is often passed down from family members generation to generation. When children hear hunting stories, it is also important to incorporate gun safety tips. Consider using the checklist below as a guideline to help teach children about safe hunting practices.

  • I am a responsible, ethical and lawful hunter.
  • Whenever I leave for a hunting trip, I give family and friends my location and the time I will return.
  • I believe in practicing gun safety:
    • I regularly practice my shooting skills.
    • I focus on safe firearm handling practices:
      • I always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
      • I always keep my finger off the trigger until I am ready to shoot.
      • I always keep my gun unloaded until I am ready to use it.
    • I make sure my firearms are reliable by keeping them in proper working order.
    • I have all state required hunting licenses and tags.
    • I pay attention to property’s borders so I do not go in areas where it is not legal to hunt.
  • I always make sure that anyone in my group and I wear orange clothing to avoid accidental firearm shootings.
  • I carry safety equipment when hunting, which includes:
    • An emergency and first aid kit;
    • Water purification tablets and an adequate supply of water;
    • A cell phone, GPS, radio, maps or compass, along with backup batteries; and
    • A gun case or other safety mechanism so I can safely transport my gun to and from my home.
  • I always unload my gun when crossing a fence, climbing, getting out of a vehicle or crossing a stream.
  • When I use a tree stand, I follow these rules:
    • I make sure the stand is securely fastened to the tree and is stable before climbing.
    • I always use a tether or rope so I can remain safe if I fall.
    • When I am in the tree stand, I use a seatbelt.
    • I use a rope to hoist and lower my unloaded firearm.
  • I practice safety precautions before discharging my weapon by:
    • Taking stock of my target’s surroundings;
    • Always using the proper caliber for my firearm based on the game I am hunting; and
    • Always being aware of where other hunters are standing before pointing, aiming or discharging my weapon.
  • When I return from hunting, I immediately store my firearms in a safe, secure location away from children and other unauthorized individuals.
  • I always store my ammunition separate from my gun, when my gun is not in use.