Gun seasons are opening up all across whitetail country.
I cannot stress enough about being safe. We all have people to come home to and no one wants a great day in the field ruined by a careless mistake.
The Springfield News-Leader reported that the opening day of Missouri’s fire arm season resulted in three injuries and zero fatalities.
1. A hunter accidentally shot himself after killing a deer. According to Missouri Department of Conservation, the hunter was dragging the deer back to a vehicle when the rifle he was carrying discharged. The bullet entered the outside of his calf and exited near his ankle, creating an exit wound the size of a softball.
2. A hunter tied a line through his lever-action rifle’s trigger guard rather than the gun’s handle while preparing to pull the loaded gun into a tree stand. The gun was pointed with its muzzle toward the ground but the rifle fired when the hunter pulled on the line to tighten it.
3. Two hunters became separated and a deer came between the two. One man fired his rifle at the deer, but the bullet hit a tree, separating the lead core from the outer copper jacket. The bullet’s outer shell hit the hunter’s partner in the ribs on his right side. The victim was transported to a hospital where it was discovered the copper shell hadn’t penetrated the skin but did leave a mark on his hip. He was released from the hospital after an hour.
All of these accidents were completely preventable. They were all caused by carelessness. Here is what we can learn from these mistakes.
1. I do not know this for sure, but I would guess he did not put his safety back on after he shot his deer. Remember unload you gun if you are done hunting or at least put your safety on and keep your muzzle in a safe direction.
2. Pay attention to what you are doing, do not rush. And always unload your gun when pulling it up a tree.
3. Always know where other hunters are. Make sure you are wearing Hunter Orange or Hunter Pink (in some states) and do not get tunnel vision.
Be safe out there and have a wonderful gun season.
Springfield News-Leader full article can be read HERE