Safety Tips for Beginner and Avid Hunters

Tim Miley
Injury Lawyer, Author, & Owner of The Miley Legal Group

Although hunting season can be an enjoyable time of the year for both new and avid hunters, it also has potential to cause serious accidents and injuries. The following important safety tips may help hunters stay safe and avoid injuries.

Tips for Beginner Hunters

Perhaps those at greatest risk of injury – or causing injury to others – are beginner hunters. We covered some basic beginning hunting tips to stay safe in a previous blog.

Read that blog, and remember the following tips as well:

  • ensure the safety catch is kept on;
  • don't fire at sounds and movements;
  • don’t shoot at an animal that is near people;
  • always know what you’re shooting at;
  • know how to use a gun before hunting;
  • never climb over or on something with a loaded gun; and
  • avoid hunting alone.

One of the most important tips is to enroll in a hunting class. West Virginia offers hunter education programs, which are required in order to obtain a hunting license. Among the topics taught are gun safety and how to hunt safely.

Other Hunting Safety Tips

Although some of these tips are geared toward beginners, avid hunters should also review them. In addition, the following are helpful for hunters at all levels:

  • wear a safety belt or harness when in a tree stand;
  • when not in use, keep ammunition and guns locked away;
  • unload guns when not in use;
  • check the muzzle for obstructions before use;
  • wear eye and ear protection; and
  • maintain and service weapons.

More experienced hunters may prefer to go hunting alone. In this case, they should inform others of their intentions and when they expect to return.

In the event of an accident, seek medical attention immediately. If related to another hunter's negligence, contact The Miley Legal Group to discuss your legal options to recover compensation for damages.

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