Safety

At QHF Ranch safety is our utmost priority.

  • Members and guests must sign a release form prior to entry and must follow QHF’s rules, regulations and guidelines. QHF will have final discretion on all decisions.
  • Every hunter must abide by the laws, rules, and regulations of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  • The use of any drug, legal or illegal and alcohol, in any amount, makes a shooter less safe and is strictly forbidden. Any misuse or over indulging is considered unacceptable behavior and will result in forfeiture of fee and shall cause the hunt to be stopped immediately.
  • Except during guided duck or turkey hunts, all hunters and spectators must wear blaze orange hat and blaze orange above the waist while hunting or walking in and around the hunting area.
  • All shooting sports require safety glasses and ear protection.
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction away from people. Show that the action is open and keep your finger off the trigger until it’s time to shoot.
  • The safety must remain on at all times. The only time the safety may be off is when the hunter is preparing for a shot. If there is no shot, the gun must be returned to safety on.
  • Never fire your gun outside of 45 degree zone of fire area. Anything outside that area cannot be seen with reliability, and is considered outside your field of view.
  • A calm shooter is a better hunter. If you’re not 100% sure of what you are shooting at, DO NOT RUSH, DO NOT TAKE THE SHOT.
  • Double barrel and over and under shot guns be carried with the chamber open and resting over the forearm with barrel pointing away people and dogs.
  • Hunters are asked to carefully check the gauge of shells in their vest to be certain it matches the gauge of the gun they are using.
  • QHF prohibits hunters to carry shotgun in the over the shoulder position or in a suitcase carry. Absolutely no rifles are permitted at QHF.
  • Hunters must always be aware of their hunting partner, guide, pointing dog and vehicles before taking a shot.
  • No low shots should be taken. A low shot is defined as a shot lower than the horizontal position of the gun when mounted to the shoulder.
  • Never pass or carry a loaded gun, never carry a loaded gun in a vehicle.
  • Never lean a gun against a building, vehicle or tree or lay it on the ground. Unload, case or rack your gun when not in use.
  • Ask for help when needed. Our professional guides are there for a reason, and that’s to help you safely enjoy and learn the sport.

The Four Primary Rules of Firearm Safety

1. Control the muzzle direction at all times.

  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Never point the muzzle of a firearm towards yourself or any other person.

2. Every firearm must be treated as if it is loaded.

  • Do not handle the firearm unless you can properly PROVE it safe.
  • Check to see that both chamber and magazine are empty. Do this every time you handle a firearm, for any reason.
  • Pass or accept only open and unloaded guns.

3. Always be sure of what is in front of and beyond your target BEFORE pulling the trigger.

  • Before shooting, it’s important to be sure your target is properly identified as an animal that is legal to take and that there is not anything in front of or beyond the target
  • If you cannot be absolutely sure of both of these things, don’t take the shot. Once you pull the trigger, you can never bring that bullet or shot back.

4. Keep Your Finger OFF the Trigger

  • Do NOT put your finger on the trigger or inside the trigger guard when you pick up a firearm.
  • When carrying any firearm, your finger should never be inside the trigger guard unless you’re ready to shoot.