Hunters should be alert and aware during primitive weapons deer hunting season, which begins tomorrow and lasts until October 19th, as muzzle loaders require specific safety precautions, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
The Following are recommendations to ensure a safe experience:
● Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
● Never rely solely on the gun’s “safety” mechanism.
● Handle every gun as if it was loaded.
● Do not use alcohol or drugs while handling a firearm.
● Never smoke in the proximity of a muzzle loader.
● Treat a misfire as though the gun could fire at any moment.
● Make sure the gun is unloaded before attempting to clean it.
● Make sure the projectile is firmly seated on the powder before capping and firing.
● Never blow down the barrel of a muzzle loader to clear or extinguish sparks.
Also, all hunters, including archers, must wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange above the waist during the primitive weapons season.
To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license, big game license and a current deer harvest record.
For a full list of safety precautions on muzzle loader safety, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/education .