Be Sure of your Target and All BEHIND It!!
I know this sounds like elementary firearms indoctrination, but so many accidents can be avoided by following these two simple MANDATORY rules!!
It happened again yesterday. Everyone up here breathed a collective sigh of relief Thanksgiving weekend. The state of Maine made it thru centerfire hunting season without a single serious hunting mishap. The black powder season started back up the following monday, but that's usually no big deal. Usually the people who hunt black powder are purist hunters, and pay much more attention to what they're doing.
Yesterday, next town over from me, a teenaged girl was out in her yard and was shot in the chest and killed by a hunter. (For those who want to look it up, it happened in South Paris, Maine) This was completely unnecessary, and could have been avoided by following those two ELEMENTARY RULES OF FIREARMS INDOCTRINATION!!