SOCIAL CIRCLE — During the previous hunting season, Georgia reported 36 hunting incidents, 16 of which involved firearms.
Hunters are encouraged to review the four primary rules of firearms safety before heading to the woods.
“Ultimately, each hunter is responsible for keeping themselves and others safe while pursuing deer this hunting season,” said Walter Lane, hunter development program manager of the Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “This includes respecting all firearms safety rules and being absolutely certain of their target and what is in front of it and beyond it.”
The following checklist is covered in all hunter-education courses:
A — Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
C — Control the muzzle of the firearm at all times.
T — Be certain of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
T — Keep the finger outside of the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
For more information on firearms safety, go to www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/education or call 770-761-3010.