Saskatchewan Hunter Safety Course


8. Never climb a tree or cross a fence with a loaded firearm.

  • When crossing a fence alone, open the action of your firearm and place it under the fence with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction before you cross the fence.
  • When with a partner, first open the action of both firearms. One person then holds both unloaded firearms while the other crosses the fence. Once across the fence, both firearms are then passed over the fence from one person to another.
  • Never hurry when crossing fences or other obstacles.
  • Always open the action before crossing any difficult obstacle.

9. Store firearms and ammunition separately.

Safe storage

  • Always store firearms under lock and key, beyond the reach of children.
  • When not in use, a firearm must be unloaded with the action open.
  • Use a gun case to transport a firearm to and from the shooting area.

10. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of all obstructions.

  • If you fall while carrying a firearm, or suspect anything might have lodged in the barrel, PROVE it safe and reload before carrying on.

11. Unload firearms when not in use.

  • When finished shooting, unload your firearm.
  • Always think safety first.
  • When returning to a vehicle or camp after hunting, unload your firearm away from the vehicle or camp.
  • Never have a loaded firearm in a vehicle. This is a senseless and dangerous practice.
  • REMEMBER: 80% of all firearm accidents happen within 10 meters of the muzzle!

12. Avoid drugs and alcoholic beverages.

  • Alcohol and some drugs should never be used before or during a hunt.
  • Be watchful of cold and cough medicines. Many drugs can impair your sense of judgment leading to accidents.