Safe Turkey Hunting

Basic rules for avoiding accidents

  • Identify a turkey’s head and beard before aiming.
  • Never shoot at sound or movement. Assume it is another hunter until you can clearly see a turkey’s head or beard.
  • Wear hunter orange when walking through the woods.
  • Use hunter orange to identify your hunting location.
  • Wrap a bagged turkey or decoy in hunter orange when transporting it.
  • Dress defensively. Never wear red, white, blue or black while hunting turkey.
  • Know the effective range of your gun.
  • Be sure of your target and what lies beyond.

Accidentally shoot another hunter? Render assistance immediately!

If you are involved in a firearms-related hunting accident, the law requires that you identify yourself and render assistance. Failure to do so is a Class A misdemeanor.

Stay aware of other hunters, especially if they're in your line of fire.

A nonfatal firearms-related hunting incident occurred during the 2013 spring turkey season. A hunter failed to notice another hunter sitting beyond his target. Don’t make the same mistake!

  • May 1—Two hunters were hunting together, sitting about 25 yards apart, when a turkey walked between them. One hunter fired a shot at the turkey, unaware that his hunting partner was directly in the line of fire. Pellets struck the other hunter in the left arm, side, and upper back.
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