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How to Handle Your Gun Safely while Hunting

Learn how to handle your gun safely from big game hunter "Killer Keith" McDonald in this Howcast hunting video.


Hello I am Keith McDonald, nick name Killer Keith and hunting my whole life, 45-50 years, deer hunting, bear hunting, moose hunting, turkey hunting, you name it, I have hunted it. I am a licensed Maine guide. I've hunted in Alaska. I've hunted in Canada. I've hunted in Newfoundland. I've been everywhere, everywhere I've hunted

I think some people they shoot targets, targets, targets, carry a gun for days and days and days and they lose feeling for what the power is, cause all they see is a little whole in a piece of paper. Well, when you hit something with a bullet it's very unleashed,it's off power, off power and they don't think of how deadly these things could be and so they get lax. There are accidents that happen all the time and one in particular is I know a fellow that was a very serious shot gunner, he shot a lot, and he had a pump shotgun. A bird flew up, two birds flew up and he went to shoot it, the first bird and the gun made a kind of a pop sound, it wasn't a full repo, I mean it was a dummy round, a squiblow or whatever you wanna call it, it was half power or less. And so he quickly worked the pump, gave it another one, well of course what had happened is that first shot, there wasn't enough chamber pressure to push everything down the barrel, it pushed it about half way down and then he put another load behind it and pulled the trigger. This is an experience hunter, of course the barrel blew up, wasn't a very safe thing to do. So if a shot you fire doesn't sound like every other shot you'd fired on that gun, you got to check the barrel you can't shoot again.

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