The Wisconsin Hunter Safety Course teaches TAB-K Wisconsin Hunter Safety Rules.
Safety specialists with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources can predict the kinds of hunting-related injuries that befall Wisconsin hunters each deer hunting and turkey hunting season. While these incidents fall into a few general categories and occur to varying degrees year after year, there are a few simple steps hunters can take to almost guarantee that they or someone they know won’t finish the season as a hunting statistic
Nearly 99 percent of all hunting accidents can be attributed to a violation of the four rules of firearms safety: TAB-K Wisconsin Hunter Safety Rules. These four rules of TAB-K Wisconsin Hunter Safety Rules are simple rules to remember and any one of them could help save a life or prevent an injury.
T – Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
A – Always point the muzzle of your firearm in a safe direction.
B – Be certain of your target and what lies beyond.
K – Keep your finger out of the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
Based on hunting accident statistics, about half of the firearm injuries that happen during the nine-day gun deer season are self-inflicted.
Clearly, the people who fall into this group aren’t following the ‘A’ in TAB-K Wisconsin Hunter Safety Rules. Keeping your muzzle pointed in a safe direction means it is not pointed at yourself or anyone else. A safety mechanism can fail, but usually it’s the person who fails to engage it. Keeping your gun pointed in a safe direction means no one gets hurt if the firearm discharges.
Most of the remaining firearm incidents involve people shooting someone in their own hunting party. This is especially the case during group bagging hunts and deer drives.
This emphasizes the third rule of firearm safety: Positively identify your target and make sure of what lies beyond it. And if you don’t have a good backstop for your shot, don’t shoot.
Far too often when game wardens are investigating a firearm incident the shooter will state that he or she ‘thought’ they were shooting at a deer, not their hunting partner,”But there’s a big difference between being certain of your target and ‘thinking’ you’ve seen a deer.”
And then there are those people who know they’re shooting at a deer, but one of their buddies is in the background and catches a slug from a shot that never should have been taken. This usually happens when someone is shooting at a running deer and develops a sort of ‘tunnel vision’ that blocks out everything from the shooter’s view but the deer.
Finally, you should treat every firearm as if it’s loaded and keep your finger out of the trigger guard until you’re ready to shoot. If you develop the habit of opening the action on every gun you touch you won’t have to worry about accidental discharges. And keeping your finger off the trigger is just good common sense. There’s a very slim chance a gun will fire if the trigger isn’t pulled; it’s one of the best ways to avoid an injury.
TAB-K Wisconsin Hunter Safety Rules are taught in the Wisconsin Hunter Safety Course from www.HunterEdCourse.com/state/wisconsin. The Hunter Ed Course online hunter safety course is available for only $13 – the lowest priced online Wisconsin hunter safety course.
About the Author
Tim Lawhern is a hunting and firearms safety consultant based in Madison, Wisconsin. Tim is the former Hunter Education Administrator for the Wisconsin DNR, a former President of International Hunter Education Association (IHEA-USA) and Co-Director of the IHEA-USA Hunter Incident Academy.
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