Students gathered on the front lawn of the John F. Gibson University Center Wednesday, Nov. 7 for “Don’t Get Loaded Before You Hunt” paintball targets shoot.
Students wore “Fatal Vision” impairment glasses, similar to ones used in driving simulators from previous campus events, and tried to hit the bulls-eye of a large plywood target.
Donna Allison, a senior business major, took a turn shooting and said the difference was astonishing.
“It is weird looking out of the goggles,” Allison said. “But it does give you the idea not to shoot while drinking.”
The event drew students that both participated and commented on their ability to do the deed as they passed by. Participating students received “Responsible ATV Use,” “Helping Hunters Become Sportsmen” and “Firearms Responsibility at Home and in Camp” pamphlets.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Hunter Education pamphlet “Helping Hunters Become Sportsman” focuses on hunting issues beyond alcoholic impairment.
Hunter's Education started in 1950. Today more than half of the states in the U.S. have mandatory hunter’s education courses. Since instituting hunter’s education, hunting fatalities related to firearms have decreased by approximately 35 – 40 percent.
Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1968 must successfully complete a hunter’s education course. The only exception for this law is for a hunter under 16-years old and under the direct supervision of a licensed 21-year old.
According to the pamphlet the 10 Commandments of Firearm Safety are:
“Responsible ATV Use,” by Joe Huggins, says Arkansas led the nation in ATV sales in 1994. Since most of the ATVs are still in use Arkansans should be aware of the dangers.
By following the safety practices mentioned you can lessen your chance of an ATV accident:
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ŠThe Voice 2007
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