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2 HUNTER SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY The True Sportsman

3 Introduction n to give an understanding of the causes of hunting incidents and how you can prevent them from happening n to understand the TEN rules of shooting safety n to define the written law and give you a general understanding of how and why laws and regulations are passed

4 n to define ethics and and give examples n to challenge you to act safely, legally, ethically and show a responsible commitment to the outdoors

5 Topics of Discussion n HUNTING INCIDENTS n HUNTING SAFETY n THE WRITTEN LAW n THE UNWRITTEN LAW n PERSONAL CHOICE n INVOLVEMENT n HUNTER RESPONSIBILITIES

6 Hunting Incidents nhnhunting incidents are those which cause personal injury or death to any person as a result of a person’s actions while hunting nmnmay be directly or indirectly related to the use of firearms ncncan be avoided by following the guidelines referred to as the “Ten Commandments of Shooting Safety”

7 n4n4 main causes of hunting incidents uHuHunters judgement-lack of good judgement FvFvictim moved in line of fire FvFvictim covered by shooter swinging on game FvFvictim out of sight of shooter FvFvictim mistaken for game

8 u Violations of Laws or Safety Rules- lack of preparation, common sense and good habits F improper crossing of fence or difficult terrain F moving sporting arm from or placing it in vehicle F riding in vehicle with loaded firearm F firearm falling from secure rest F horseplay F using firearm as a club or stick to move branches or to lean on

9 u Skill and Aptitude-lack of care and control F trigger caught on object F loading or unloading firearm or bow F shooter stumbling or falling

10 u Mechanical failure-lack of preparation and examination F obstructed barrel or improper ammunition F defective ammunition/arrows F defective firearm/bow

11 Nationally and in Texas, the most common incidents are hunter judgement mistakes

12 The second most common type of hunting incident are caused by safety rule violations or because of illegal actions by hunters. n Things you can do to make it safer u common sense u good safety habits u let your friends know the instant they are being unsafe or careless u PLAN YOUR HUNT AND HUNT YOUR PLAN F YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED AHEAD OF TIME TO BE SAFE

13 The third most common mistakes are those which show lack of control and practice u when the going gets rough, unload your firearm first u use two-handed carry when possible

14 Climb Up The Mountain of Responsibility

15 first step- HUNTER SAFETY u Know the Ten Commandments of Shooting Safety F Always point muzzle in a safe direction F Treat ever firearm or bow with the same respect you would show a loaded gun or knocked arrow F Be sure of your target and what is in front of and beyond your target F Unload firearms and unstring recurve and long bows when not in use

16 F Handle firearms, arrows and ammunition carefully F Know your safe zone of fire and stick to it F Control your emotions when it comes to safety

17 F Wear hearing and eye protection F Don’t drink alcoholic beverages or take drugs before or while handling firearms or bow and arrows F Be aware of additional circumstances which require added caution or safety awareness

18 Second Step(hunting regulations n Laws are written rules made by society through there government n what governing body passes laws? u The Legislature n Adopted laws are studied by TPW Commission n The Commission issues regulations to comply with these laws which explains what is legal for hunters to do

19 n regulations are compiled each year in a regulations manual n Hunting laws are classified as either u felonies-VERY SERIOUS u misdemeanors F class A- most serious F class B-Moderately serious F class C-Least serious

20 nana person that violates wildlife laws may also be charged with civil restitution ntnthis means additional fees for the cost of restoring that animal species back into the environment nsnseveral hundred dollars for white tail to thousands dollars for endangered or threatened species

21 n Laws are made for several reasons u to protect wildlife and resource u protect people and property u to insure fair share for all hunters u to insure fair chase u to provide information about wildlife populations

22 Third Step The unwritten law n Hunting ethics

23 Hunting Ethics are personal codes by which we live by

24 Another way to look at ethics is through the “4 C’s n Careful n Courteous n Considerate n Capable

25 Next Steps n Summarize any actions required of your audience n Summarize any follow up action items required of you


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