Earlier this week, a man from the Dallas area accidentally shot himself while he was dove hunting near Bangs. The accident occurred when he shot a dove on rural property and attempted to retrieve it. He slipped on rocks and his shotgun accidentally discharged, striking him in the abdomen with birdshot. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Temple.

For many people, hunting can be a fun sport and a good way to fill the freezer. However, like anything involving firearms, make sure you follow basic safety tips. Be sure to always bring a friend hunting (or at a minimum let someone know where you’ll be and when you’ll be back). Wear orange so that other hunters don’t mistake you for an animal. Don’t bring young children hunting.

While you are hunting, treat the gun as if it’s always loaded. This means not only being careful when you’re cleaning it and handling it, but also when you are pointing it. Don’t point it at something that you wouldn’t want to be shot. If you’re walking with the gun, make sure to always have your safety on and keep the barrel pointed at the ground. Don’t climb with the gun – put the safety on and hand it to your hunting partner, who can hand it back to you.

When shooting, before you take a shot make sure of your target. Take a quick glance to make sure that you are actually aiming at an animal and not at a human. Also, don’t shoot towards a movement or a sound – be sure of what you are aiming at. In addition to checking to see what you’re shooting towards, look beyond your target. Ammo can travel farther than you think.

Hunting can be a lot of fun for many people. However, like anything else, accidents happen. If you’ve been injured in a hunting accident due to the fault of another party, contact the attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529. They will help you to obtain compensation from the negligent party. Call today.