You hear these every year, but accidents still happen. As a refresher, we offer the following hunter safety tips:
**Always point the muzzle of your firearm in a safe direction.
**Treat every firearm with the same respect you would show a loaded gun.
**Be sure of your target and what is in front of and behind your target.
**Unload and safely store firearms when not in use.
**Handle firearms and ammunition carefully.
**Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch or log with a loaded firearm.
**Carry your firearm safely, keeping the safety on until ready to shoot.
**Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot.
**Don't drink alcohol or take mood-altering drugs before or while handling firearms.
**Be aware of changing weather conditions.
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