With the major fall hunting season opening tomorrow (Saturday, October 4), it’s important to take some time and refresh yourself on the basics of hunting safety. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) offers a number of safety guidelines to consider:
1) Keep your firearm’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
2) Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
3) Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
4) Be sure of your target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
5) Wear blaze orange.
Additionally, the ODFW offers an education course for hunters addressing practical skills and topics including firearm saftey and technique, wildlife identification, and hunter responsibilities and ethics. Though the course is mandatory for Oregon hunters under the age of 18, hunters of all ages are encouraged to enroll.
Since the inception of mandatory education in the 1960s, the number of hunting-related incidents per year in Oregon has dropped dramatically.
For more information on hunting saftey, education, or season dates, visit the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.