When it comes to firearm safety, you can never be safe enough. Listed below you’ll find four of the most important rules to follow when handling a firearm.
First, treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Don’t ever assume that a firearm is unloaded. Even if you are 100 percent certain that the firearm is unloaded, always treat it as if it were fully loaded.
Next, always point the muzzle in a safe direction. One third of all hunting accidents are caused by carelessness. If you are not paying attention to the muzzle, you could be pointing it at another hunter’s body. Wait until you have identified the target and you are absolutely certain before you begin to shoot.
Know your target and what’s beyond it. Your judgment could be the difference between life and death. Shooting at something you are not certain about is a gamble.
Finally, keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
Now that you understand the safety precautions, what should you wear? Have you ever seen a hunter? A hunter usually looks a little ridiculous; dressed head to toe in camouflage with a bright orange hat or vest and lots of layers to keep them warm. However, make sure to pack light enough so that your supplies are supported by horseback.
Once you nailed down the rules of handling a firearm and you know what to wear, you will be ready to get out there and hunt. One of the most unique operations in the United States is located right outside Wyoming, Switchback Ranch. At Switchback Ranch you’ll find mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, mule deer, antelope, and more.
You can hunt mountain goats and bighorn sheep, by foot, on horseback, or you can use a 4-wheeler in order to get the difficult areas. Bighorn sheep is one of the best game animals Wyoming has to offer. Mountain goats and bighorn sheep live in altitudes as high as 11,000 feet. Upper Ranch is home to the largest population of mountain goats in Wyoming. The ranch in Shoshone National Forest is close to bighorn sheep’s natural habitat.
Hunting bull moose is for the most experienced hunter, looking to spend long hours on horseback. The bull moose is the most challenging game animal; however, finding a bull moose is an experience like no other.
Switchback Ranch is owned by David Leuschen, an entrepreneur, who loves the great outdoors.