Most hunting-related incidents occur when hunters behave in a careless manner or forget the basic rules of firearm safety. Look at incident reports involving hunters and you'll likely find one or more of the following mistakes.
Pointed the muzzle of a firearm at someone
Did not identify the target carefully and/or whatever was beyond it
Did not keep his or her finger out of trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot
Assumed that a firearm was unloaded and handled it carelessly
Stumbled or fell while carrying a loaded firearm
Fell while climbing into/out of position
Assumed that the firearm was unloaded when crossing a fence
Jumped over a ditch or creek with a loaded firearm
Transported a loaded firearm in a motorized vehicle
Swung out of a safe zone of fire into another hunter's zone
Avoid these kinds of mistakes by observing the rules of safe firearm handling in this chapter.