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There's nothing quite like packing up your gear and heading out on a hunting troop with your mates. Spending time in the great outdoors, surrounded by nature and working towards the same goals with your friends is what hunting is all about.
However, as every experienced hunter knows, the key to becoming a successful hunter and having the confidence to venture out on your first hunt begins with learning to shoot safely.
As exciting and exhilarating as hunting can be, there are always hidden dangers at play that you need to be aware of.
If handled or operated incorrectly, your firearm can pose a huge risk to the safety of you and your hunting companions.
To ensure that you are always safe when you are hunting, it's crucial that you take the time to learn how to shoot safely.
With the right training and practice, you can be sure that you will be ready when the opportunity comes to go on your first hunting adventure.
Continue reading to learn how to shoot safely to ensure you are both successful and safe on your next hunt.
Before you ever pick up your firearm, you need to ensure that you take measures to keep yourself safe.
You should always wear shooting glasses, which can help to improve your vision while also keep your eyes protected from the sun, as well as dust and debris.
Earplugs should also be worn, as a gun firing can be very loud and has the potential to damage your hearing if you fail to wear earplugs.
Treat firearms with respect
Hunters should treat every firearm with the utmost respect and always assume that every weapon they handle is loaded.
It's also important to maintain your firearm properly to ensure that it is ready for shooting. Keep the barrel and action clear of obstructions and carry your firearm in a way so that you can control the direction of the muzzle.
Remember that you should never point your firearm at something that you do not want to shoot.
Assessing the shot
When lining up the shot, many beginner shooters focus entirely on the target and forget to focus on what is between them and the target and what is behind it.
Taking the time to properly assess the shot and everything within range will help to ensure that it is safe for you to pull the trigger.
It's also important to consider any potential obstructions or sudden movements that could affect your shot.
Prepare to pull the trigger
To shoot safely, you need to ensure that you are mentally and physically prepared to pull the trigger.
Control your breathing and steady your body as you focus on the target. Try to relax and stay calm as you line up the shot and prepare to pull the trigger.
Take a strong stance to help you brace for the impact of the shot so that you are not thrown by the force when you pull the trigger.
Practise regularly to improve Your Shooting Safety
As with any skill, it's essential that you spend time practising your shooting. Going to the range and practising in a safe environment is a great way to hone your skills before venturing into the wild.
Once you are confident that you are ready for your first hunt, be sure to team up with a more experienced hunter, so you have someone to rely on should something unexpected happen.
With practice and experience, your shooting will get better and shooting safety will soon become second nature so you stay safe when you're on your next hunt.