As turkey season approaches, the Nebraska
Game and Parks Commission reminds hunters of the No. 1 thing they should
remember when hunting – safety.
Two main causes of incidents in which a turkey hunter is injured are
shooting at sound and movement and shooting down range of a turkey.
To prevent accidental shootings, always identify your target and know
what is beyond your target.
Spring turkey hunters are camouflaged to try to be invisible to turkeys.
But that also means they may be difficult for other hunters to see,
as well. Never stalk a turkey; it could be another hunter. So, if you
are that other hunter, show some hunter orange when you are on the
move and do not wear red, blue or white; they are colors found in turkeys.
If you believe another hunter is stalking you, call out to alert him
to your presence.
The following are other general firearm hunting safety tips:
— Treat each firearm as if it is loaded.
— Keep the firearm muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
— Never point a firearm at anything you do not want to shoot.
— Know your target and what is beyond it.
— Keep the barrel and action clear of obstructions.
— Unload guns when not in use.
— Store guns and ammunition in separate locked locations.
— Never climb over a fence or creek or into a tree stand with a loaded
— Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.