Hunting season is in full swing, and with hunting participation remaining at higher rates than the past 5 years, Project ChildSafe wants to remind all hunters—both new and experienced—to use safe and ethical practices in the field to keep hunting trips safe and fun and to uphold our hunting traditions.
While tagging a buck may be top of some hunters’ minds, it’s important to think about hunting safely, not only to protect yourself, but your fellow hunters too. Whether you’re a lifelong hunter, an enthusiast, a beginner or someone who just wants to safely enjoy the outdoors—there are some key safety tips to keep in mind before, during and after a hunt.
Every fall, Project ChildSafe launches its annual Hunt S.A.F.E. campaign to remind hunters to:
Store your firearms responsibly when not in use
Always practice firearm safety
Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner
Education is key to preventing accidents
As part of this year’s campaign, Project ChildSafe collected all of its existing hunter safety information and created a new online safety hub resource just for hunters. You can check out the new page here, which includes a host of materials, such as safety tip videos, print-ready informational sheets and a quiz to test your knowledge of best hunting practices—all in one place.
In addition to reviewing our Hunt S.A.F.E. materials, be sure to familiarize yourself with your state and local gun and hunting regulations and laws. If you’re planning to hunt out-of-state, familiarize yourself with the regulations for both states—as well as transporting guns over state lines.
Are you planning to take your child hunting? Hunting is one of the best bonding experiences you can have with your child and can help cultivate a love of the outdoors and an appreciation of conservation. With a few safety precautions and the right equipment, you and your child can have a successful hunting experience together. Explore our Hunting Checklist for Families to ensure your child understands how to use firearms responsibly.
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