For hunters, fall is the busiest time of the year since this is when the open season starts. Before you head to a hunting store in Michigan however, be sure to keep these safety tips in mind:
Minors and safety during hunting trips
Michigan has underage hunting laws that allow children under the age of ten to hunt with a mentor. Hunters over ten years old must attend a safety course before they can get their license. It is also required of anyone wanting to get a hunting license for out-of-state hunting to take hunter safety courses. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources also offers a mentorship program for young hunters to get their license while under adult supervision.
The first thing about gun safety is that you should treat every firearm as if it is loaded. Secondly, make sure you clean every gun that you’re going to use regardless of how long it’s been since you last fired it. While you’re at it, make sure that all the parts are working as they should. You should also check the state’s laws regarding what kind of gun you’re allowed to use as regulations differ from state to state. Finally, always remember to keep your finger off the trigger guard unless you are aiming at prey.
Most accidents in the field involve falls from unexpected places. It is always important to use durable straps when using elevated platforms. Always check your safety equipment for any weaknesses before going on a hunt. Make sure you also secure every loose piece of clothing.
Part of getting ready for a hunt is making the necessary precautions before heading out. Prevention is always better than a cure, and when it comes to hunting, safety is paramount.