Hunter Safety


By: Kent Bourg

We are finally easing into the greatest time of year—hunting season! For many of us, there is no greater feeling than being bundled up in warm camouflage clothes while sitting in the deer stand or duck blind, patiently waiting for that trophy buck or flock of mallards to come swooping in. Hunting can be a very safe and pleasurable hobby, but it can also be very dangerous if the proper safety precautions are not taken.

Hundreds of hunting accidents involving serious injuries and fatalities occur each year, most of which are caused by the careless use of a firearm, falling from tree stands, or hunting while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Luckily, most hunting accidents can be completely prevented. Below are some precautionary guidelines to make your next hunting trip a safe and enjoyable experience.

Tips to Avoid Common Hunting Accidents

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded even if you are positive it is not.
  • Control the direction of your firearm’s muzzle. Never point it towards yourself or another person.
  • Be sure of your target and what is behind it. Never take a shot if you cannot see the destination of where your bullet will hit.
  • Be sure the barrel and actions are clear of obstructions.
  • Unload firearms when not in use.
  • Use proper PPE such as safety glasses and hearing protection.
  • Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.
  • Never use your scope as a pair of binoculars.
  • Use extreme caution when operating vehicles such as a boat or ATV, especially in low daylight hours.
  • Never climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch or log, with a loaded firearm.
  • Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water.
  • Use extreme caution when climbing in and out of deer stands. Always use fall protection and a light to help guide you during low daylight hours.
  • Never hunt while under the influence of drugs or alcohol!

Remington Model 700™ or Model Seven™ rifle recall

Notice of the recall was initially provided by Operations Manager Jeremy Adkins on our Wednesday morning safety call following Safety Specialist Kent Bourg's presentation of the information above.  

A message from Remington:

Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles which were manufactured from May 1, 2006 through April 9, 2014 and which have an X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) trigger. Rifles manufactured after April 9, 2014 are not subject to recall.

Click here for the full Remington product safety warning and recall notice.

If you own a Remington Model 700™ or Model Seven™ rifle with an X-Mark Pro® trigger, please click this link and enter your serial number to determine if your rifle needs to be inspected as part of the recall.

Kent Bourg

Kent joined Danos in 2012 as a safety specialist for shorebase operations. Prior to working for Danos, he started in the oil field as a rigger for McDermott on a lay barge in the Gulf of Mexico then moved on to work for Edison Chouest Offshore. Kent spent the next 15 years at C-Port moving up from a rigger to shorebase supervisor for Shell, Exxon Mobil, and Statoil as a C-Logistics employee.


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