1. Always assume that your gun or bow is loaded and ready to shoot.
  2. Never point your weapon at anyone; always point it in a safe direction.
  3. Keep your safety on until ready to shoot.
  4. Clearly identify your target before you shoot. Every year people are shot because they are mistaken for game.
  5. Keep your emotions in check. Seeing game after waiting all day can cause excitement to rise and good judgment to fall. Don't lose situational awareness.
  6. Keep your gun clean. Even a small amount of debris at the end of your barrel can cause a severe injury.
-- International Hunters Education Association