BANGOR – As we approach a popular season, namely hunting season, there are some safety tips game wardens want you to remember before going out.
“The Maine Wardens Service we work very hard to make for a very safe season. We don’t want anyone to get hurt,” said Sergeant Alan Gillis of the Maine Warden Service.
On Oct. 9, a spokesman for the wardens released a statement saying a Maine man had died from an unintentional, self-inflicted gunshot wound.
An official from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said this is the first hunting incident of the year.
Gillis said in the last 10 years there have been about six hunting related incidents, four of which were fatal.
“Any incident is one too many. We don’t take that lightly,” Gillis said. “I can tell you that the sport of hunting is very safe compared to some of the other outdoor activities that people partake in.”
Now, Gillis said, they want to see the sport become even safer.
He said hunting-related incidents could be avoided by following the TAB-K formula.
T – Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded.
A – Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
B – Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it.
K – Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you’re ready to shoot.
“If you assume that a firearm is loaded and treat it as such you’re going to be very careful with that firearm and eliminate a lot of incidents from occurring,” Gillis said.
Gillis said another important tip is to wear orange when out in the woods. Also, let someone know when and where you’re going
“When you go on your hunting trip if you would tell your loved one or some responsible adult where it is you’re headed, where we can find your vehicle and when it is you expect to return home that will save us a lot of time and effort,” Gillis said.