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Firearm safety while hunting

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - For those of you going hunting, there are some safety tips you should always keep in mind.

James Brower, Hunter Education Instructor for Idaho Fish and Game, emphasized the "Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety."

"The most important one is muzzle control. Making sure your muzzle is pointed in a safe direction all the time. If it's always pointed in a safe direction you're never going to hurt anything you don't mean to or anyone," says Brower.

You also need to know about the gun you're dealing with.

"Not to touch them unless you know everything about that gun. You need to know where the safety is, what ammunition, how far it shoots, how to load it how to unload it."

It's important to never forget that safety is always key.

"Firearms are a great tool, they're very useful especially for hunting, but they can be misused. You have to know what you're doing."

The full list of the "Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety:"

1. Watch the muzzle

2. Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun

3. Be sure of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it

4. Keep your finger outside of the trigger guard until ready to shoot

5. Check your barrel and ammunition

6. Unload firearms when not in use

7. Point a firearm only at something you intend to shoot

8. Don't run, jump, or climb with a loaded firearm

9. Store firearms and ammunition safely and separately

10. Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting


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