Skip to main content

Gun safety suggestions... I fail

Again, thanks to Twitter, I came upon a blog post in which the author talks about a boy getting shot in Tennessee. He gives some tips for hunter safety that had me thinking. Here are the tips:

1. Never walk in heavy brush with your gun loaded.
2. Never fire unless you are sure of your target and there is no chance of someone being beyond your target.
3. Never climb into your stand with a loaded firearm or hoist up one that is loaded.
4. Always carry your firearm muzzle upward especially when hunting with a friend. Muzzle down is never a good idea even though it’s pointed away from people you may accidentally get dirt in the barrel and clog it causing a potentially deadly accident.

I only do 1 of these. Thoughts? Am I the worst hunter out there? What about you guys? what else could you add?

Comments

  1. Only have one rule at my house.....only point a gun at something if you want it dead. goes for unloaded guns as well. seems to work pretty well. my son asked a guy we were hunting with, Do you want to kill your truck? guy said no! Son said then quit pointing your gun at it. he is eight.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I do 3 out of the 4 but I would not say your the worst hunter because the worst would not admit to what you admitted to.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I always point my gun down. Then, if something happens, I am shooting the ground and not into the air where I dont know where the bullet will hit when it comes down.

    ReplyDelete
  4. i think i cover them all....although I won't lie, on a stalk i'll end up in thick brush and won't think to unload the gun, then again I only will chamber a round when I'm ready to shoot at something.
    I always get pissed when....well, let me preface here, I really can't stand hunting shows for the most part. I like Benny Spies, Tred Barta, and shows like Pheasents Forever and Ducks Unlimited, but for the most part I cannot stand these yahoos on TV. At any rate, I get upset when I see these "professional Hunters" taking bad shots. How many times do you see these guys getting excited and taking a ridgeline shot? Or shoot at a big game animal while its running?
    They don't exactly set good examples....
    Wow, sorry to go off on a tangent!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Tom, I totally appreciate this!
    I have a strap on my gun and I throw it over my shoulder, shimmy up my tree seat and am ready to go. When I have to walk, I point it down and in front of me - especially in thick brush. I never point it up - you never know where the bullet will come down. And, I can not shoot anything that is running. Ive tried but its more like "hey, there's a deer" and then its gone and my gun is still down. Dad gets a good laugh.

    ReplyDelete
  6. haha. yeah, you know, I admit there are some dead eye shots out there. Heck if you like to bird hunt your hitting moving targets all the time. Some people can get away with it, but man you have to be good to pull it off. certainly not something everyone should try! But i stand firm, the ridgeline shooting is inexcusable(sp?)..

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The unlikely bear hunter

Jesse Phillips had no intention of bear hunting.  He was along for the ride with friend and host of Blood Origins, Robbie Kroger, who was on his annaul bear hunt with Grove Hill Outfitters. Being convinced that he should go hunt, Jesse grabbed the 45-10 and headed into a treestand.  He wore his cowboy boots, jeans and flannel, "the only thing I didn't do was put on deoterant" Jesse laughed.  Climbing up into the stand a little before 2pm, he held no expectations for seeing his first bear in the wild.  He was doing this just to apease the guys in camp. At 4:02, a bear appeared. "He was about 40 yards away," explained Jesse, "and he was just walkeding around, sniffing and eating.  He wasn't interested in the bait at all."  Watching the bear, Jesse knew he needed to remain calm. He was in no position to move his gun and take a shot without the bear spooking. The bear walked in and out of the opening with no intention of heading to the bait. Jesse wat…

Eagles on the trail

Reason number 3,657,935 why my Dad is the best: As we were snowmobiling, we approached a bog and three eagles with about 20 crows took off.  It could only mean one thing in my book - something was dead.  We circled back and walked around in the snow but the birds had left and we couldnt find anything that would resemble a meal.  A part of me thinks that we were in the wrong piece of land and should have been on the other side of the bog but in our snowmobile gear, we were not going to cover a lot of ground.  I was disappointed that we couldn't find what the birds were eating but I was able to get some good pictures of one of the mature eagles and the immature eagle that were flying around.






The Blood Origins Project

"I was looking for a narrative that described who we are as hunters,” my friend Robbie Kroger explained to me, “Essentially looking for an authentic truth about who we are. I couldn't find it. So we built it with Blood Origins.” If you have never heard of Blood Origins, set aside a solid hour and watch the videos on their website or YouTube, featuring some of the most influential people in the hunting world. People like Will Primos, Cuz Strickland and Jim Shockey all share a small piece of their story and the how and why hunting was so important.

Robbie has more than 30 unique stories from hunters, nonhunters, men, women, veterans, young and old and each one is a personal look into the importance of hunting and conservation. “It is about our community, and conveying the truth around hunting” said Robbie.

The fact that Robbie and I even connected is a testament to the power of the hunting community. As a native South African, American and Mississippian, Robbie was determined to…