By John Rothwell – Collegiate Staff
With the opening day of firearm deer season in Michigan on Nov. 15, tens of thousands of people track into the woods and fields in hopes of bagging a deer. Safety should be the number one priority of all hunters.
In Michigan, a hunting license is required and hunter orange must be worn on the outside of clothing and visible from all sides.
Only state permitted hunting lands should be used, unless private landowners have given consent for the use of their land.
Gun safety is of the utmost importance when hunting.
Here are 10 safety tips from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:
1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
2. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.
3. Don’t rely on your gun’s “Safety.”
4. Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.
5. Use correct ammunition.
6. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care!
7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
9. Don’t alter or modify your gun, and have guns serviced regularly.
10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
Being a safe and smart hunter can lead to an enjoyable hunt, not one filled with tragedy