With bow hunting already underway in the province and the big game rifle hunting season a little more than a week away in most areas, it’s time to think safety once again.
There are thousands of hunters who go out in the great outdoors at this time of the year looking to bag a moose, caribou or bear and with all things considered, there are few shooting accidents.
Even one is not acceptable and most are preventable if people are following the guidelines and regulations set out for hunters. When accidental shootings take place, it’s often because the precautionary measures weren’t followed or a person has been drinking alcohol before or while venturing into the woods.
There are few, if any, hunters who haven’t had dreams or nightmares of accidentally shooting someone. It’s what makes the majority more aware of what they are doing while carrying a rifle or a crossbow.
Hunters know too well that if they can bring down an animal that may be up to 1,000 pounds, a person stands little chance if hit by an arrow or a bullet, especially if it penetrates a vital organ.
So while rifle hunters are gearing up next week to head out into the woods for another season, when readying the rifle and the ammunition, think of the consequences that could result if the right precautions are not taken. Abide by hunter etiquette.
There is no moose, caribou or bear that is worth a human life, so if it takes a moment to load a rifle before making a shot, do so. That moment could be the time that it takes to be sure what you are looking at is really the target you are looking to shoot.
Bow hunters also need to have a clear head and be sure of their target because it only takes a second to make the wrong choice. Be careful out there and don’t make those nightmares become a reality.