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Firearms Safety is Key to our Continued Freedoms


Campaign Veteran
Jan 14, 2010
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
This is not always possible. Not everyone hunts by spotting from a great distance then stalking. Sometimes the sigh picture only presents itself momentarily. Such a situation doesn't lend itself to an unloaded rifle.
Hmm..."The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence." - Prov 14:16

The basic three steps only take a few seconds. Do you not have a moment to keep from blowing away some hiker?

Unless you're being charged by a grizzly, polar bear, elk, or moose, hunting isn't some kill or be killed situation. Lightening fast reflexes aren't needed to make the kill.

Quail, is different. Birdshotbut then spotting your quarry sort of presents itself to you, and no human (or any other animal) looks like foul taking flight. As for clearing your line of fire, you're always clearing your line of fire, or at least you should be.

Ergo, the rules still apply.

We hunted either taking turns on point where only the man on point would shoot with the guy in rear unchambered, or two abreast, where we limited our line of fire well right or left while watching both our own position as well as the other guys.

When you're not in a life or death situation, absolutely nothing takes priority over safety:

"According to information released by the International Hunter Education Association, the U.S. and Canada combined see around 1,000 hunting accidents, specifically involving shooting injuries, on an annual basis. Moreover, close to 10% of these hunting accidents end in death." (Source)

Just 1 death in a hunting accident is too many. 100 such accidents is just plain stupid.

One of the guys in middle school died in a hunting accident. It really, really sucked for the family. Remember that the next time you think you only have a "moment." Please take the time. Take more than a moment. Thanks.

Jul 12, 2011
northern wis
Hunt from a stationary position, elevated, to limit projectile travel, no other hunters in you assigned/claimed area of fire.

...walking around?...idiots!
Sorry but a lot of hunting and hunting areas requires walking other wise you never see nor harvest any of the game you want to.

Stand hunting can as is very productive for certain species in certain areas.

Stand hunting for most upland birds would be totally fruit less.

I done a lot of both types for over 50 years in several states and Canada.

I well use the best approach to shoot the game I am hunting limiting oneself to one type well also limit how successful you well be.

Safety is always a factor when hunting and taking a shot I have passed and many sure shots because it was not safe to shoot.


Regular Member
Jun 22, 2017
Planet Earth
Hunting deer in not hunting or even a sport. On any given day, if I choose, I can step out on my front porch and take a deer, year around.
If you have deer around you that densely, it's likely that you live in a suburb with woods nearby and little to no hunting pressure on them. A couple of winters ago, one of the neighbors who puts out food for the animals (mostly birds) had 5 does and 2 bucks in her yard. They had come from the woods ~75 yds. east of her house, across the subdivision street, between two other houses, just to get to that food. Even though we are NOT in an "incorporated town or village", the houses are too close to even bow hunt, at least, not without some "bleeding heart" raising a stink larger than a whole family of skunks.
But, as FI said, even if you are in a tree stand or ground blind, you have to walk a ways to reach those locations. Some people prefer to "drive" deer and there can be a LOT of walking involved there, sometimes with little to show for the effort. Then you get to assorted upland game - quail, pheasant, rabbits - where the amount of walking can at least double.
"Not a sport"? You need to rethink that.

color of law

Accomplished Advocate
Oct 7, 2007
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
"Not a sport"? You need to rethink that.
Well it all depends on how you define hunting. Blacks Law Dictionary defines "Hunting" as "The act of pursuing and taking wild animals; the chase." Commonwealth v. Bailey, 97 S.E. 774, 124 Va. 800. Robinson v. State, 76 S.E. 1061, 11 Ga.App. 847.
Merriam-Webster defines "Hunting" as "The pursuit of game."
Stepping outside the front door aiming and pulling the trigger did not require much pursuit.
Most, if not all states define hunting as a sport because they require a license to engage in the sport of hunting. Putting food on the table is one of those unalienable rights protected by the 9th Amendment.
Just say'n.


Regular Member
Dec 5, 2012
The only problem with those who yawn at safety is that their own mistakes don't necessarily eliminate themselves from the gene pool. With technology (from the atlatl and bow to the firearm and automobile) they may well eliminate others who are actually better representatives of the human race. So be careful to limit your proximity to these types if you want to continue your existence. There are some d-nably dangerous shooters and drivers! Some of them pretend to be gun people. Heck, some of them run gun shops and ranges. And yes, safety is a key to collective freedom as well as individual survival.