Treat every firearm as if it was loaded
You can never guarantee that your chamber is unloaded. Give an unloaded firearm the same respect you would give a loaded firearm.
Watch where you point your firearm muzzle
Never point the muzzle of your firearm at yourself or anyone else, even if it is unloaded.
Know your firearm and its ammunition
Before you load, be sure your firearm is in safe operating condition and the barrel is free of obstructions. Double-check the specifications of your ammunition to be sure it fits your firearm.
Do not load your firearm before you are ready
Why take chances? When traveling to and from your hunting blind, take down or have your actions open, and always carry your firearms unloaded in their cases.
Be sure of your target-and beyond-before you squeeze the trigger
Be sure that you have carefully identified your target, then look past it to be sure it is safe to shoot. Hunters need to keep track of buildings, roadways, and other hunters.
Beware of fatigue when hunting
When you’ve been out in the woods a long time, fatigue can cause accidents. A loaded firearm can accidentally fire with a single, unexpected jar-so watch your step.
Don’t take chances with a loaded firearm
Never step over fences, jump ditches, or make other awkward or unbalanced moves while holding a loaded firearm.
Use care when practicing
When shooting for practice, make sure your backstop will prevent ricochets and protect bystanders. Bullets can ricochet off water, rocks, trees, metal and other hard surfaces.
Store your firearms safely
When not in use, always store firearms unloaded, away from ammunition and out of the reach of children and inexperienced users.
Remember: Alcohol, drugs and firearms don’t mix
Never consume alcohol or other mood-altering drugs before or during target shooting or hunting.