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  • Prior to each use, check your bow and arrows for signs of damage or wear.
  • Only point your bow and arrow in a safe direction.
  • Only nock an arrow when it’s safe to shoot.
  • Be sure of your target and what’s in front of it, immediately behind it, and beyond it.
  • Never shoot over a ridge.
  • Only shoot when you have a safe range or shooting area, as well as a safe backstop or background.
  • Do not shoot at an animal standing on a ridge top (a “skyline” shot) where you can’t identify a safe background.
  • Keep your emotions under control, and think about safety first.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take mood-altering drugs before or during bowhunting.
  • Hunt and shoot within your own physical limitations.
  • Exercise regularly and stay in good shape, especially before strenuous hunts.
  • Let family or friends know exactly where you will be hunting.
  • Always carry broadheads in a sturdy quiver that fully covers razor-sharp blades.
  • Dress properly for the worst weather conditions you might encounter.
  • Carry basic survival gear every time you go afield, even for short hikes.
  • Clearly identify the specific game animal you intend to shoot before releasing an arrow.
  • Carefully cross barriers or obstacles with arrows secured in a quiver.
  • When climbing into an elevated stand, always attach yourself to the tree from the time you start climbing until you are back on the ground.
  • Use a full-body harness, attached so that you drop less than a foot if you fall.
  • Always use a haul line to bring your gear into your elevated stand and to lower your gear when you’re through hunting—don’t climb or descend with a bow in your hand.
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