- After the dogs have pointed the covey, approach the dog from behind with the muzzle of your gun pointed skyward and on safety. If you are hunting with a partner, be sure to walk parallel with him/her to avoid fire arm accidents.
- Before the quail are flushed, the hunter(s) should mentally and physically make not of where their dogs, guides, or other hunters or hunting rigs are to avoid firing at them. Always know what is beyond, and in between, you and your target.
- The gun muzzle should never cross the mid-point between you and your partner. This is dangerous, and it is also bad etiquette to shoot birds that are not on your side.
- Never lower the muzzle of the gun below a horizontal angle while shooting a bird in flight. This puts the dog at risk of being shot.
GENERAL FIRE ARM TIPS from Remington
- Keep muzzles pointed in safe directions.
- Firearms should be unloaded when not in use.
- Do not rely on your gun’s safety.
- Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
- Use proper ammunition.
- If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
- Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
- Be sure the barrel is clear of obstruction before shooting.
- Do not alter or modify your gun, and have it serviced regularly.
Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.