New Jersey Hunter Safety Course


Chapter 7: Hunting Skills

Marksmanship is a word that describes proficiency at firing a firearm. To become an accomplished marksman, you must first learn and then practice the fundamentals of shooting - skills that are developed over a hunter's lifetime.

The Fundamentals of Safe Shooting

  • Observe safe firearm handling rules.
  • Learn how to properly adjust sights on a rifle.
  • Learn different shooting positions.
  • Learn how to pattern a shotgun.
  • Learn how to point and shoot a shotgun.
  • Understand that practice is one of the keys to safe shooting.

As you learn these fundamentals of safe shooting, always keep in mind the three primary rules of firearm safety:

  1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded
  2. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction
  3. Be sure of your target, in front and beyond