The Four Primary Rules of Firearm Safety
1. Watch that muzzle!
Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.
2. Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
It might be, even if you think it isnt.
3. Be sure of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it.
Know the identifying features of the game you hunt. Make sure you have an adequate backstop—dont shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.
4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
This is the best way to prevent an accidental discharge.