Think Safety Checklist
- 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.