Safe Zones of Fire
The area into which a hunter may shoot safely is referred
to as a "zone of fire." When hunting alone,
your safe zone of fire will be determined by your field of view, the presence
of unsuitable targets such as trees, rocks or water, and the range of
A commonly used zone of fire when hunting with other
hunters is an area that extends in a 45° angle directly in front of
When hunting with others, your zone of fire will
also be determined by the location of others in your group. During
such hunts, it is crucial that each person knows exactly where they
may shoot without putting others in danger. It is also safer if
there are no more than two or three hunters in the group.
To determine a 45° shooting zone:
- Start with thumbs up and out to the side.
- Focus on a point on the far wall.
- Draw arms straight in until both thumbs are
in focus without moving your eyes.
Don't shoot beyond your zone of fire.
|Pheasant and waterfowl hunters often
use zones of fire similar to this. Hunters are in a straight line
in sight of one another. No one runs ahead or lags behind the line.
The area behind the hunters is off limits–no one turns to shoot
behind. The middle hunter has the narrowest zone of fire–about
45°. Hunters to the left and right have a broader zone of fire
since they can swing to the outside.
Two hunters moving forward along a trail |Upland game hunters moving along a trail
or through cover may use zones of fire similar to this. As they change
position the location of their safe zone of fire changes accordingly.
Each hunter, though, knows where the other is and respects his or
her zone of fire.