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If you are new to hunting, or if you already enjoy hunting and want to introduce someone, here are some tools to help get started.

Learn to Hunt Online Video Series

Check out the free Learn to Hunt Iowa Online Video Series for your next step to getting out in the hunting field!

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Hunt S.A.F.E. to prevent firearm incidents

Project Child SafeProper firearm storage is the number one way to prevent firearm incidents. With this in mind, Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to remind hunters that “the hunt isn’t over until you are S.A.F.E.”

S.A.F.E. stands for store firearms responsibly, always practice firearm safety, focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner, and education is key to preventing incidents. Project ChildSafe emphasizes safely securing firearms when they are not in use as the #1 way to prevent firearm incidents.

The hunting season is a time of year when a lot of firearms are in use and in transport, so we urge hunters to remember what they can do to prevent firearm incidents in the field, at the range, at home and everywhere in between.

To complement Iowa’s hunter education program and provide you with additional resources on proper firearm storage and safety, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, as part of its project ChildSafe program, has made several resources available, which can be found on www.iowadnr.gov/learntohunt and www.projectchildsafe.com, including:

The idea is to help everyone hunt responsibly, return home safe, and securely store their unloaded firearms. Together we can help prevent firearm incidents.

Ten rules of safe firearms handling

  1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  2. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use
  3. Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety”
  4. Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it
  5. Use correct ammunition
  6. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care!
  7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting
  8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting
  9. Don’t alter or modify your gun, and have guns serviced regularly
  10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using

For more basic firearms safety tips, visit: https://www.nssf.org/safety/rules-firearms-safety/

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