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Safe Hunting Tips
Alabama Safe Hunting Tips
Hunting in Alabama is a very popular activity that provides an estimated 5.8 million man-days of recreation per year for approximately 360,000 hunters. Hunting is one of the safest outdoor-related activities that an individual can participate in. According to the National Safety Council’s study of outdoor recreation-related injuries, sports such as football, baseball, soccer, and even billiards have a much higher incident rate than hunting.
During a recent Alabama hunting season, there were five firearms related hunting incidents per 100,000 licensed hunters. This is an exceptional safety record that all Alabama hunters should be proud of. However, we should strive to eliminate, or reduce this already impressive safety record. The Alabama hunting incident rate is very similar to the rate of other southeastern states with similar hunting seasons and bag limits.
Common Causes of Alabama Hunting Incidents
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries recommends all hunters abide by the following basic hunter safety rules:
Falls from treestands are a leading cause of injuries for Alabama hunters. Please abide by the following treestand safety tips when using an elevated platform.
Every hunter has an obligation to fulfill when they enter wildlife habitat to participate in our hunting heritage. The ethical code hunters abide by has been developed by America's hunters during the past century since the inception of modern wildlife management. Most sportsmen agree that every responsible hunter should do the following:
Alabama Sportsmans Pledge
I pledge to conduct myself as a true sportsman and will always (1) treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun; (2) always point my gun in a safe direction; (3) be sure of my target before I shoot; (4) never put a loaded gun in or on an automobile; (5) always respect the landowner and his property and be considerate of other hunters.