General Safety Tips for Hunters

A contracting executive by profession, David Psimer has been the owner and CEO of DP Builders for more than 26 years. In his free time, David Psimer enjoys such active hobbies as golf and hunting.

When considering safety, a hunter must pay attention to gear as well as to visibility. Hunters should ensure that all equipment is fully functional and that protective clothing is in good repair. Firearms, in particular, require careful control and should be handled at all times as though they are loaded and ready to shoot. This means that fingers should stay away from the trigger area until the moment of taking the shot, and that the hunter should be constantly aware and in full control of the muzzle’s direction.

Hunters should also be aware of where they are and who can see them. Experts recommend the wearing of the hunter orange color, which deer cannot distinguish from forest green but which can alert other hunters to a person’s location. Hunters that choose to shoot from trees must be sure that their stand is in good repair and at a safe height. A rope pulley system tends to be the safest way to raise and lower unloaded guns to and from the stand, as climbing with a weapon poses a serious risk of accidental shooting.

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Tennessee’s Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain State Park

David Psimer is a successful Gray, Tennessee, entrepreneur who guides DP Builders as CEO. David Psimer enjoys activities such as travel and golf in his free time and has played on links throughout his home state.

Voted Tennessee’s top course by Golf Week magazine, Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain State Park is one of several Bear Trace sites designed by Jack Nicklaus. The par-72 layout encompasses 6,900 yards and takes advantage of a varied terrain. The course features several streams as well as groves of mature pines. The course plays longer than it actually is, due to rapid changes in elevation and numerous blind shots across fairways with a right-to-left traverse. The signature 7th hole spans 393 yards and features myriad hazards, including a waterfall to the right, bunkers on the left, and stacked flagstones straight ahead. The short par-3 8th hole is even more challenging, as it lies on a hill, and missing the green lands the ball in heavy rough and typically results in a bogey.

Being a Responsible Hunter

David Psimer is the owner and CEO of DP Builders, a multifamily housing and commercial property construction company in Tennessee. He takes fundamental responsibility for ensuring that the company finishes projects on time and within budget. When he’s not busy with work, David Psimer enjoys such activities as hunting.

Responsible hunters care for the environment and the game they hunt and are dedicated to protecting recreational areas and showing respect for their fellow hunters. They follow all safety guidelines for handling a gun and hunting, as well as the pertinent game laws. This involves staying up to date on hunting regulations to avoid breaking any laws and gathering specific dates for the different hunting seasons.

Since it is not uncommon for several hunters to prowl a recreational area at once, it’s important that no one shoots across roads or waterways, that all parties request permission from landowners before walking across private property, and that hunters only shoot when they are positive they have properly identified a target and are certain that the area surrounding and past the target is clear. Responsible hunters must also do their part in preserving the environment and are asked to always follow any signs or barriers and only travel on designated roads and trails, even if they are rough.

Showing respect to the game is another part of being responsible. Hunters should only fire when they know they can kill the animal with one shot and in the most humane and painless way possible. When choosing a target, hunters must be capable of moving the body, if successful in making the kill, and should be willing to eat the meat; if not personally, then by giving it to someone who will. Additionally, responsible hunters make sure that their target is able to run. If a kill is 100 percent guaranteed, then the hunt is considered unethical.