The Important Rules of Firearm Safety
Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger
Safe hunters always protect the trigger. Your finger should be inside the trigger guard and on the trigger only after you have identified your target - as well as what's in front of and beyond that target.
Check the Barrel for Obstructions
When debris gets into a barrel of any firearm, it is a condition referred to as an obstruction. It blocks the path of the bullet and can cause injury to you or to your firearm. If you suspect that your barrel has an obstruction, unload the firearm and clean the barrel with a cleaning jag.
Keep the Action Open
When traveling by vehicle to or from your hunting spot, always keep the action open on your firearm. Also, make sure your firearm is unloaded and in a protective case. Keep the action open while walking to your stand or hunting location. Only when you are ready to start hunting should you load your firearm, at which point you must also engage the mechanical safety.