Tips to Avoid Hunting Accidents & Personal Injuries
Every year thousands of people go hunting for sport or to provide food for their families and while hunting accidents are rare, personal injuries and even fatalities still occur every season. Many hunting accidents are avoidable simply by following basic hunting and gun handling safety. If you are going hunting this season, always be aware of the potential risks involved in hunting to avoid personal injuries that may require a Louisiana injury attorney.
Louisiana Hunting Seasons
Deer hunting is particularly popular in Louisiana, but the state offers many other hunting opportunities with hunting seasons throughout the year for various animals. This includes hunting seasons for turkeys, migratory and resident birds, quadrupeds and nutria, and year-round hunting for raccoons, opossums and bobcats. The Louisiana Department Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) publishes Louisiana Hunting Regulations, including current dates for hunting seasons online. The LDWF also administers hunter education programs, which is mandatory for anyone born on or after September 1, 1969 wishing to purchase a hunting license.
Hunting Safety Tips
Appropriate gun handling safety is the biggest way to avoid many hunting accidents and the need for a Louisiana injury attorney. The oldest hunter safety rule is always treat every gun like it’s loaded, even when you know it’s not. Many hunting accidents occur when a hunter mistakes a person for the game they’re pursuing, so always be absolutely sure of your target before shooting, especially during low-light periods like dusk and dawn. Wear hunter orange or blaze pink to ensure you’re seen and follow essential safety rules.
- Never run with a loaded gun.
- Never climb a tree or cross/jump a fence, ditch, stream, slippery or steep terrain or other obstacle with a loaded gun.
- Walk with the barrel of the gun pointed down.
- Never point the muzzle at a person, even if unloaded.
- Check the barrel and chamber for obstructions every time you pick up a gun.
- Keep the safety on and you’re finger off the trigger, until you’re ready to shoot.
- Only carry and use ammunition made for your gun.
- Unload all firearms and leave the action open when not in use.
- Have a clear view of your target, never shoot at sound or movement.
- Always make sure your target is an animal, not a human.
- Ensure there isn’t a human between or just beyond you and your target.
- Know the range of the gun and ammunition you’re using. Shotgun pellets can travel well beyond a shotgun’s range and high-velocity bullets
- can travel up to three miles away.
- Never shoot towards another hunter or move into their line of fire.
- Watch your footing while shooting to avoid stumbling or falling during the shot.
- Never shoot at water or hard, flat surfaces, which can result in ricochets.
- Never pick up a loaded gun, if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking any type of drugs, including over-the-counter medications, that make you less alert.
Victims of hunting accidents
Hunters hurt themselves by falling while climbing into or out of elevated deer/tree stands. Reduce your chance of injury by using sturdy ladders and platforms and certified full body fall-arrest harness systems. Only place self-supported deer stands on even ground and tree mounted stands in healthy trees, large enough to hold the weight of the stand.
Hire a Top Louisiana Injury Attorney
If you’ve been hurt in a hunting accident you may be entitled to compensation. This can come from another hunter, the property owner or the gun manufacturer. Contact an experienced Louisiana injury attorney at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys. Visit our office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Give us a call 24/7 at (504) 345-1111 or use our convenient LiveChat available on our website. We offer free consultations and never collect a fee unless you win your case.