It's the fall season and many hunters
are out scouting their hunting grounds for the game of
their choice. Turkeys, deer, bear, moose, water
fowl, squirrels, rabbits, and crows. In New York State, there are regulated
hunting seasons for big game, small game, and water fowl in the fall
and winter months. People walk in the woods and
near water with all types of fire arms, bows and
arrows, with pure
excitement of getting close to the wildlife and high
hopes of harvesting a trophy. When going
hunting, it is important to follow the basics rules of
The Cayuga County Department of Health would like to
provide some hunting safety tips for hunters of all
ages. You can never be too safe and can't ever
list enough safety tips when it comes to hunting.
Have any Safety Tips for hunters you would like to add?
We'd like to hear from you. Please email your tips
Basic Hunting Safety Tips for ALL
Assume all firearms
Know how your firearm
or bow operates - It is essential to
know and understand how your equipment
works, under all circumstances. You
should know the basic parts on how to
assemble, disassemble, load, and unload your
Know the ammunition
used for your fire arm. - Know the
correct gauge or caliber you are using.
Know the proper way to
carry your fire arm or bow. Safe
carries will vary depending on the type of
fire arm you are using.
Carry all arrows in a
protected cover or quiver.
Control the direction
of the muzzle. Be sure that the
muzzle is pointed in a safe direction at all
times. For example: Do NOT rest
the muzzle on your toe or foot.
Handle your fire arm
or bow with extreme care and caution.
Never climb a fence or
jump a ditch with a loaded fire arm or
Always keep the safety
on until you are ready to fire.
Keep your finger off
of the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
Know what is in front
and beyond your target. When
pointing your muzzle, be sure there is
nothing obstructing your bullet path, as
well as, what is behind your target.
Do not shoot at a target this is on a ridge
or hilltop, or in front of a smooth or
hard surface, such water, or rocks due to
Know your target! Do not point a firearm
or bow at anything you do not intend to
Know your safe
zone-of-fire - Your safe zone-of-fire is
the area or direction in which you can
safely fire a shot. For example -
"Down Range" at a shooting facility.
If hunting in a group,
know the location of hunting party members
at all times.
Where your HUNTER's ORANGE - Wearing hunter
orange increases a hunter's chances of NOT
being shot 7 times.
If in doubt....NEVER
TAKE A SHOT!
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|Hunting Safety Tips have been listed
from a variety of resources. There can never be
enough safety tips when it comes to hunting. If you would like add any safety
tips or for more information, please call us at (315)
253-1560 or email us at