The 10 Rules of Firearm Safety
Keep Firearms Unloaded Until Ready to Hunt
When traveling by vehicle to or from your hunting spot, always keep the firearm unloaded and keep the action open. Keep the firearm unloaded and the action open while walking to your stand or hunting location as well. Only when you are ready to start hunting should you load your firearm, at which point you must also engage the mechanical safety.
Only point the muzzle at something when you intend to take a shot
Never joke around with a firearm. Never use the scope on your firearm as binoculars and always maintain control over the direction that your firearm is pointing. Do not use the barrel of your firearm as a pointer for giving someone directions.
Unload before jumping, running, or climbing
NEVER jump over a ditch, or climb a tree or fence with a loaded firearm. When pulling a firearm toward you, never pull it by the muzzle end. Once you have finished climbing or crossing, make sure to inspect the firearm to ensure it was not damaged in any way before reloading.
Never Shoot in the Direction of Rocks and Water
Always have an appropriate backstop, such as a dirt mound, behind the target. If a bullet hits water or any hard flat surface like rocks, it could ricochet and travel in an unexpected direction, potentially harming another person or even yourself.
Important! Always store firearms separately and securely, away from both children and careless adults.
Safety First! Never consume alcohol before or while you handle a firearm. Avoid legal and illegal drugs that can alter your behavior and mental status as well.