Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (March 2, 2011) – Home from the Hunt, a statewide safety campaign, encourages everyone to enjoy their time outdoors in North Carolina, by being prepared and taking the proper precautions, especially with firearms.
Firearms safety is an element of the Hunter Education Program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. North Carolina requires all first time hunting license buyers to have first completed a hunting education course. More than a gun safety class, hunter education courses include instruction in hunter ethics and responsibility, conservation and game management, wildlife identification, survival and first aid, and specialty hunting.
Hunting Educators advise that safety directly pertains to how you handle firearms of any type:
- Treat each firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
- Point a firearm in a safe direction at all times.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and proper storage.
In the off-season, it is important for hunters to maintain firearm proficiency. Take this time to build marksmanship skills.
“Firearms safety is exercising caution and using your head,” said Travis Casper, the state assistant hunting education coordinator. “You can’t be too careful. Always maintain muzzle control. Follow manufacturer instructions, obey regulations and put into practice what you’ve learned in hunter education, no matter what type of firearm or archery equipment you’re using.”
To learn more about the Hunter Education Program or to check course availability, click here or call (919) 707-0031.