Archive for September 1st, 2009

Hunt Safe

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Wildlife Restoration Program

Fall hunting season has finally arrived. But before you grab your camouflage and hunter’s orange, make sure your gun is in top working order. Terry Erwin, hunter education coordinator for Texas Parks and Wildlife, says a properly maintained firearm is a safe firearm.

Once your firearm has set up all year, you need to take it out and make sure its clean, and make sure its operating properly. Make sure everything is functioning and that all the springs and screws are tight and in order. You wouldn’t want to get out there and have that shotgun misfire or malfunction.

A properly functioning firearm is only part of the safety equation when out in the field. During dove season, for example, hunters need to be aware of their surroundings, especially when it comes to who’s around them when they pull the trigger.

I would say that when you’re in the dove field, at least be aware of your zones of fire. Make sure that you’re not crossing over or shooting into someone else’s zone. And, doves can see color, but be sure and wear a blaze orange hat, at least to let your hunting partners know the proximity of where you are in relation to them. And always be safe out there in the field.

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That’s our show. Made possible by a grant from Wildlife restoration Program…working to create more shooting and hunting opportunities in Texas…for Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.