How to stay safe in shooting season

Police urge hunters of all levels to swot up on rules





Game bird hunting season started Saturday, May 7 and runs until June 26. The police would like to remind people to stay safe and ensure their firearms are in good working order. “We urge anyone heading out shooting to remind themselves of the seven rules of firearm safety,” says Superintendent Mike McIlraith, director partnerships: arms safety and control. “It pays to take the time to ensure you have updated yourself on safe hunting practices and that all your gear is in good, safe working condition.” He said many of the season’s shooting accidents happen on opening weekend but urged people to play it safe at all times. “A safe and sensible attitude on the day can ensure a successful season for all and puts you in the best position to hunt safely and have a good time when you’re out.” Anybody handling a firearm should always treat it as loaded. That means always pointing the firearm in a safe direction and keeping your finger outside the trigger guard. When your firearm is not in use, police would encourage hunters to unload the firearm and insert a chamber flag into the breech. More hunting safety information can be found on the police website and also on the Mountain Safety Council website. Hunters of all levels of experience are encouraged to look at this material.