The Ten Commandments of Hunting Safety

The Ten Commandments of Hunting Safety

Hunting is a pastime that means a lot to many people. It can bring families together, put food on the table, and it serves as a sport with ever-growing popularity.

However, when hunters aren’t careful, a day out hunting can take a dangerous turn very quickly. This is why almost every successful and seasoned hunter follows a number of safety tips. They know that the safety of themselves and others is top priorities.

To help you stay safe this hunting season, we are going to take a look at the ten commandments of hunting safety.

Be Safe with Your Gun

If your weapon of choice when hunting is a gun, there are steps you should take to ensure that your gun is handled expertly and safely. Whether your gun is made for shooting short or long distances, some of the basics you should follow are the same.

First, never put all your faith in a gun’s safety mechanism. While they are useful, accidents and mistakes can happen and you want to minimize any risk. It’s also important to remember to unload your gun before you try to clean it. Additionally, it goes without saying that if you are at all impaired by alcohol or drugs, you shouldn’t use your gun at all.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recommends that hunters remember the ACCT acronym;

  • A - Always treat your firearm like it’s loaded
  • C - Control the muzzle of your firearm at all times
  • T - Target; be aware of what is around it and behind it
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    T - Trigger; unless you’re taking a shot, your finger doesn’t need to be on the trigger

Let Someone Know Where You Are

This is a rule that any camper, hunter, hiker, etc. should use. When you are heading out on a hunting trip make sure to let someone know where you are going and when you are going to be back. This way, if anything were to happen, someone close to you knows your plan and knows where you are.

It is also a good idea to carry a cell phone that gets good service with you. Keep it in a waterproof bag or case while you’re hunting to limit the risk of the cell phone breaking when you need it.

Prepare for the Weather

Prepare for the Weather


Before you go out on a hunting trip, make sure you know what weather you’ll be dealing with and prepare accordingly. Heading out in low temperatures without the right protection can quickly lead to danger. A waterproof fire-starting kit can also be a great tool to have.

Carry a First-Aid Kit

This is a rather well-known tip but it’s worth restating; always carry a first aid kit with you. You never know when you’ll need it. Even a small injury such as falling and getting a cut can become a problem if you don’t clean and bandage it.

When choosing a first aid kit, you’ll want one that is easily transported but don’t sacrifice important supplies just to save space.

Choose the Right Tree for Your Stand

When you are choosing a tree for your stand, you want to make sure that it is one that will hold you and your stand without any problems. This means you want a strong, healthy tree. If you see any signs of damage such as rot, you’ll want to choose a different tree.

When you are purchasing a tree stand, most manufacturers set size specifications and restrictions that should be paid attention to.

Be Careful Climbing Your Tree Stand

Getting in and out of your tree stand can be dangerous if you slip or fall. The best way to avoid this is to keep 3 points of contact at all times when you are climbing up and down. This way if, for example, your foot slips, you have two other points of contact to catch yourself.

Hunt with a Friend

Hunt with a Friend


There is something to be said for hunting with a buddy. Not only can this make the experience more fun or bonding, but it’s also a great safety precaution as well. In the case that something were to happen and help was needed, you have someone with you that can help or get help which is a much better scenario than needing help and being the only person around for miles.

Bring a Compass and a Map

We mentioned earlier that you should keep a cell phone on you when you go hunting but any hunter can tell you that these cell phones won’t always get reception when you’re out in the middle of nowhere.

Because of this, you shouldn’t rely on technology for finding your way. Instead, carry a compass and map of the area you’re in. These tools are much more reliable.

Keep Your Gun In Top Condition

Whether you are using a gun, bow, or any other weapon, you want your weapon to be in top condition. Especially when it comes to guns, a misfire or technical failure can be a large problem. Make sure you keep your gun in top condition by keeping it clean, serviced, and using the right ammunition.

Following this idea, you should also make sure larger equipment such as boats and are serviced before they are used as well.

Safety for Non-Hunters

The majority of safety during hunting season is on the hunters. After all, you are the one with the weapon. However, there are some safety tips you should pass along to your friends and family that won’t be hunting this season as well.

Tell them to be sure to wear bright colors rather than patterns that blend in so that they are easily seen by any hunters in the area.

In the same idea, tell them to not be afraid to make a little noise to announce their arrival. This should be done if a gunshot is heard in the area. Once the hunter has acknowledged them, tell them they should quiet back down out of courtesy as to not scare off any game in the area.

About the author


Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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