The Ultimate Hunting Safety Quiz

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The Ultimate Hunting Safety Quiz
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About This Quiz

Hunting is a favorite pastime for many Americans, but it can be dangerous for more than the prey. Weapons like bows and guns demand your utmost respect. How much do you know about hunting safety?
Let's start with the basics. You should always assume that every gun is WHAT?
on safety
loaded
Treat every gun as if it is loaded. The history of hunting is littered with injuries and deaths that could have been prevented by proper gun handling.
made of chocolate

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Before hunting season, how should you prepare?
get three more hunting dogs
buy that rifle you've been wanting
get into shape
Many, many hunters are sedentary for much of the year and then plunge into the exertion of hunting … with dire results for their health. Especially if you're older, you should get your body into shape before the season begins.

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If the gun doesn't fire when you pull the trigger, what should you do?
set down the gun and run away
look down the barrel for obstructions
wait a moment and then unload the gun
Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and wait a few moments. Then carefully unload the gun. Consider ending the hunt unless you're sure there's no mechanical malfunction.

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Hunter orange garments are required in every state.
true
false
Bright orange clothing isn't required in every state. However, these highly visible garments could save you from being shot by another hunter.

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Deer can see hunter orange.
true
false
Deer have limited color vision and they can't distinguish orange from, say, brown. So your gaudy, life-saving vest won't scare away big game.

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Keep your finger off of your gun's trigger until you are ready to WHAT?
start a war
fire
Don't be the guy who accidentally pulls the trigger. Don't even touch the trigger until you are ready to fire.
dance

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You should never carry a bow or gun with you as you climb into a tree stand. How should you get your weapon into the stand?
use a rope
Climbing with a weapon just doesn't make sense. Use a rope to lower and raise your weapon in and out of a tree stand.
toss it up to your buddy
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Before you shoot, confirm your target and what else?
that your hair looks great
the kind of bullet you're using
what's behind your target
Too many hunters get excited about their prey and neglect to look beyond the target. It's important to verify there's no one behind the target in case you miss or the bullet passes through the animal's flesh.

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What makes for a safer deer stand?
a recliner hoisted into a big tree limb
a permanent wood stand nailed to the tree
a strong, portable stand
Strong, portable tree stands can be moved to follow the deer. And they don't harm trees or rot the way permanent wood stands do.

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How much alcohol should you consume before hunting?
less than a bottle
just one can
seriously?
It's an annual tradition for many hunters -- drinking and then shooting. Alcohol consumption before a hunt is also completely irresponsible and should never be a part of your hunting routine.

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Why should you practice "muzzle control"?
to control your dog
to keep everyone around you safe
You should always control the muzzle of your gun and keep it pointed in a safe direction. Don't get sloppy and let the muzzle drift towards your hunting partner … or yourself.
to conserve gunpowder

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What should you use to get in and out of your tree stand?
a pickax
a safety harness
Cheap safety harnesses are readily available at many outdoor retailers. Use yours regularly and you'll avoid the falls that hurt many hunters each year.
a beer can

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What should you do with arrows until you're ready to shoot?
keep them in a quiver
A covered quiver will keep the arrows safely out of the way. It's common for hunters to accidentally jab themselves on unprotected broadheads.
carefully keep them nocked on your bow
jam them in your backpack

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After you shoot a big game animal such as an elk, what should you do?
look for more prey
wait for a while
Some sources say you should wait about 30 minutes before searching for the animal -- that way, you can safely retrieve it without spooking it into deeper and probably tougher terrain, which would put a strain on you and your buddies.
take off running after it

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You should always have a rain jacket of some sort when you go hunting.
true
It's easy to take the weather for granted, particularly on nice, sunny days. But hypothermia can occur with temperatures as high as 50 degrees unless you have a rain-shedding layer to keep you dry.
false

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Be sure to match the arrow to the WHAT of your bow?
curvature
draw weight
Your bow's draw weight should determine the stiffness of the arrows you select. If the arrows aren't sufficiently stiff, they'll fly off target when you loose them.
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Before you shoot an animal, you should be 95 percent sure of your target.
true
false
Every year, excited hunters shoot before 100 percent confirming their targets. Too often, they wind up shooting another person or animal on accident.

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You should always dry fire your bow before a hunt.
true
false
Never dry fire a bow (in other words, without an arrow). Doing so can break the bow and hurt you.

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Before you load your gun, what should you do?
check the sights
pull the trigger to dry fire it
check the barrel for obstructions
Check the barrel for obstructions before you load a cartridge or shell. This simple habit will prevent a potentially catastrophic accident.

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What's one indispensable tool for waterfowl hunters?
waterproof fire-starting kit
Waterfowl season often occurs during chilly weather. Be sure to have a waterproof fire-starting kit. It could save your life in the event that you can't make it back to your vehicle.
boat
swimsuit

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If one of your arrows displays a crack, what should you do with it?
discard it
Cracked arrows can splinter or break when you draw them. Yes, they're expensive -- but it is cheaper to throw them away than to visit the emergency room.
use it anyway
use it only for smaller animals

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What should every hunter keep nearby during a hunt?
extra bullets
first-aid kit
Minor injuries happen often when you're outdoors. A first-aid kit is a cheap insurance policy that helps minimize injuries … and may also save your life.
hot chocolate

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Before you go hunting, do what?
tell people where you are going
Always tell someone where you're going before you head out hunting. That way, if you don't come back on time, they'll know that you may need help.
brag about the size of the deer you're going to bag
find private property

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If you have to cross a fence while you're hunting, what should you do with your weapon?
strap it to your back
toss it to the other side
lay it carefully on the ground
Place your weapon carefully on the ground and cross the fence using both hands. Don’t strap it to your back. It's too easy for the weapon to flop around and hurt someone.

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If your target animal appears on a ridge, what should you do?
aim a little higher
don't shoot
Don't shoot animals on ridges. You have no idea what might be beyond your target.
aim a little lower

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When you're waterfowl hunting, what should you do with your cell phone?
put it under your hat
put it in a plastic bag
Waterfowl hunting clearly takes place near ponds and lakes, which are death for your cell phone. Keep it safe in a waterproof bag in case you need it during an emergency.
play solitaire

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You should double-check your ammunition before every hunt.
true
It's extremely easy to load the wrong size of ammo into the wrong gun, and the consequences are often dire. Make sure you're using the correct cartridges or shells before each hunt.
false

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Hunters who wear blaze orange clothing are how much less likely to be accidentally shot?
seven times less likely
Hunter orange is a statistical game-changer. You're seven times less likely to be accidentally shot if you wear your gaudy orange safety vest and hat.
17 times less likely
70 times less likely

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Store your gun and ammo in the same locked cabinet.
true
false
Your gun and ammo should be stored in separate locked locations. Doing so makes it harder for children and unauthorized adults from accessing deadly weapons.

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What's the No. 1 rule of safe hunting?
be camouflaged
be aware
Simply be aware of yourself, your weapon and your surroundings. Simple awareness will keep you and everyone else safer.
be awake

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