Many individuals who use gun trusts have a collection of firearms, some of which are used exclusively for hunting. North Carolina deer seasons opened state-wide over the past few weeks, with seasons varying across four regions throughout the state.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s most recent figures, more than 6,700 injuries were attributed to hunting in 2011. Here are a few things to consider to help prevent injuries during big game season:
  1. Crossbow, archery, and gun seasons prompt many hunters to use tree stands. The Mayo Clinic recommends that hunters avoid using dead trees or utility poles for holding tree stand structures. These are generally not stable and do not provide adequate support. Safety harnesses can help prevent injuries from tree stand falls.
  2. National forests located in North Carolina allow hunting. All individuals, hunters, and non-hunters, including pets, should wear blaze orange. Hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts not shooting game might opt for outdoors time in state parks and some recreations areas where hunting is not permitted.
  3. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission provides ongoing Hunter Education classes. These sessions review basic safety and survivalist skills, ethics, and more. The courses are free of charge.
Depending on the type of firearm, hunters who attempt to share guns might commit accidental felonies. Some items, like suppressors, short-barreled rifles, shotguns, and automatic weapons, fall under the regulation of the National Firearms Act. Gun trusts provide for the legal sharing of NFA items, as well as estate planning and confidentiality benefits.
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By Attorney Samantha Reichle