HUNTING SAFETY


Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the world's greatest hunting destinations, especially for large game, such as moose, caribou and black bear. Many people may not consider electrical safety when hunting, but remember there are thousands of kilometers of distribution and transmission utility poles and structures in Newfoundland and Labrador, much of which is located in remote areas.

Never use insulators for target practice, before or while hunting. Also, before operating a firearm, be sure you are not aiming at any electrical structures. If you see and damaged utility equipment while in the wilderness, please report it to your utility provider at first opportunity. Make sure to take note of the exact location.

Before heading out on a hunting trip, make sure to keep these additional safety tips in mind.

How to prepare:

  • Make sure your gun or bow is working properly.
  • If you are traveling by ATV, make sure you are aware with ATV safety tips.
  • If you are traveling by snowmobile, make sure you are prepared with snowmobile safety tips.
  • Make sure you have all the required licences.
  • Let a family or friend know where you are going exactly and when you will be returning.
  • Pack an emergency safety kit.
  • Dress in layers. This ensure if you get too warm you can remove layers.
  • Wear appropriate hunting gear.
  • Check the weather.

What to bring:

  • Extra clothing such as socks, pants, shirts
  • Hunting license
  • Weapon of choice, gun, bow or cross bow
  • Rain gear
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Extra food and water
  • Hunting knife
  • Fishing rod
  • Bug spray

Fire arm safety:

Whenever operating a firearm, remember to keep these safety tips in mind.

  • Always point gun muzzle in safe direction, away from people.
  • Treat every fire arm as if it was loaded.
  • Be sure of target and beyond.
  • If ever unsure, don't shoot!

Be sure to participate in the Fire Arm Safety Course. To get more information visit these websites:

https://www2.huntercourse.com/newfoundland/register?ReturnUrl=/newfoundland/dashboard

http://www.cna.nl.ca/continuing-education/docs/PPD-SC-RR-Flyer.pdf

Bow hunting safety:

  • Check condition of equipment before using.
  • Never point arrow at someone.
  • Always be sure of target.
  • Never shoot arrow straight into the air.

For more information on fire arm safety visit: http://www.env.gov.nl.ca/env/wildlife/education/index.html

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