YUMA, Ariz. -
More than 30,000 dove hunters are expected to be in Yuma for the opening of dove season. Here's some tips for staying safe as shot gun shells and dove go flying through the air.
According to Chris Bedinger from Arizona Game and Fish he tells hunters to use the T.A.B. + 1 acronym as a way to stay safe.
T: Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
A: Always keep muzzle of the gun pointed in a safe direction.
B: Beyond. Know your target and beyond.
+1: Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
There are also city gun laws to abide by.
"If you're out hunting, there's a quarter mile law," Bedinger said. "You can hunt in city limits but you have to be outside a quarter mile of any structure that could be occupied and that is your responsibility," he added.
It's also important to be aware that it is illegal to shoot over roads.
Another tip to stay safe is keep yourself noticeable by wearing bright colors or purchasing a bright orange hunting vest.
Bedinger also warns of another threat out in the fields. Be aware of rattlesnakes. Depending on the climate, they typically hunt at night and will remain active until the early morning while the ground is the coolest.
Overall, it is very rare that incidents happen during dove season. It's important for hunters to remember to be ethical and safe hunters during this time.