Disregarding rules can cost a life | PostIndependent.com

Disregarding rules can cost a life

Some tragedies cant be avoided a matter of circumstance and bad luck.Most hunting tragedies, however, can be easily averted by simply following the written and unwritten rules of hunting and gun safety.Jeff Garrett likely would be home with his wife and two young children if one of the most basic hunting rules was followed on a Saturday in mid-May.Know your target.While its only a theory at this point, authorities believe Garrett was mistakenly shot by another turkey hunter while crouched down in camouflage calling turkeys for his own hunt in the East Elk Creek area near New Castle.The shooter, who remains at large, apparently shot to a sound instead of an identifiable object.The fact that the bullet that killed Garrett was illegal ammunition for turkeys in the spring season is of minor concern. Its a situation in which the trigger of any gun should never have been pulled.If there is any question about what the target is or anything behind the target the shot should be saved for another day.Many hunting and gun safety rules are a matter of common sense. But with firearms, the consequences of not following those basic codes can be dire.No meal or trophy is worth risking the life of another person.

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