Completely unload firearms at the conclusion of the hunt and keep the action open. Be sure all shells or cartridges are removed from both the chamber and the magazine.
When in a vehicle, boat or on an ATV, transport firearms unloaded with the action open and in a secure position – preferably in a case.
Always be sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction. This basic rule applies in the field, in a vehicle and in the home.
When cleaning a firearm or putting it away for storage, double check to be sure it is completely unloaded. Anytime you pick up a firearm, make it a habit to make sure it is unloaded before doing anything else.
Keep fingers off the trigger and outside of the trigger guard whenever handling firearms in a situation where you do not intend to shoot.
Store unloaded firearms and ammunition in separate and locked locations.
Consider use of a lock to make your firearms inoperable while being stored or transported.
Children and even adults are often curious about firearms, so make sure your firearms are inaccessible to persons who may be visiting your home.
Discuss firearm safety with members of your household and set rules for firearm access and handling.