Archive for September 5th, 2014

Hunting: Gun Safety

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Hunter Education field class.

Hunter Education field class.

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Hunters are taking their firearms out of the gun case and preparing them to go afield this fall. Prep work should also include reviewing gun safety rules.

15—Number one: always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Number two: Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Three: Be sure of your target; what’s in front as well as beyond. And, then the fourth is unload your firearms when not in use.

Robert Ramirez, Texas Parks and Wildlife hunter education manager, says his department produced a new video – available on YouTube September 6th – illustrating the first four, of ten, rules.

05—In our hunter education course, obviously, we go over all ten gun safety rules.

Ramirez says you and your hunting party should commit the first four rules to memory before going into the field.

03—Firearm safety is everyone’s responsibility.

And if you have not taken hunter education, or need a refresher, it can only serve you well.

20—Hunter education is for everyone who is planning on going afield regardless of age. In the state of Texas, it is mandatory certification if you are going to hunt – 17 years of age or older. There is a grandfather date of September 2, 1971; if you’re born
on or after that date, it’s mandatory [to take] if you’re going to hunt alone.

Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website to find hunting rules and regulations, as well as hunter education classes – including online certification classes.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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