1. Control the muzzle! Always keep it pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded firearm.
  3. Be sure of your target and what lies beyond.
  4. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
  5. Unload firearms when not in use.
  6. Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.
  7. Never climb a fence or tree, jump a ditch, or run, with a loaded firearm.
  8. Never shoot at a flat, hard surface, or at water.
  9. Store firearms and ammunition separately.
  10. Avoid alcoholic beverages or other mood-altering drugs before or during shooting.

Photo Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife (top); Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (above)