Firearm Safety Reminders for Hunting Seasons

Author: NCWRC blogger/Tuesday, October 10, 2023/Categories: Blog, Conservation, Education, Hunter Education, Hunting, Law Enforcement, Licensing, Regulations, Wildlife Management, Youth Hunter Education

Firearm Safety Reminders for Hunting Seasons

It’s a busy time of year for the North Carolina hunting community. Blackpowder and gun deer hunting seasons begin this month, as well as duck, bear, small game and other hunting seasons. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters of the following firearm safety tips.

  • Always positively identify your target before pulling the trigger. To ensure the safest shot, make sure there are no houses, vehicles, powerlines, livestock or people in front of or behind your target.
  • Always point a firearm in a safe direction. 
  • Treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Never assume a firearm is unloaded. Use binoculars, rather than a rifle scope, to identify the target.
  • Keep your finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Be sure of your target­, as well as what’s in front of and behind it.

Any person hunting bear, feral swine, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with the use of firearms must wear a cap or hat made of hunter orange material or an outer garment of hunter orange visible from all sides. Anyone hunting deer during a deer firearm season, regard­less of weapon, must wear hunter orange visible from all sides. This includes archery hunters that hunt on Sunday during the deer firearm season. This requirement does not apply to a landholder, his or her spouse and children if they are hunting on the landholder’s property.

Non-hunters using game lands, such as hikers and birders, are also encouraged to wear blaze orange so they can easily be seen by hunters and other users.

Find more information on:

General hunting regulations

Hunting seasons

Hunting licenses

Hunter Education Program  


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