Well said idahofowler. Safety first, otherwise we'll have a difficult time justifying our lifestyle to the general public and heaven forbid the anti's/
I have 4 basic rules when it comes to shooting and hunting:
1. Muzzle direction. Always know where your muzzle is pointing, and never point it at a person.
2. Safety on. Whether you are climbing over a fence and need to hand off your gun to your partner, or maybe you need to tie your shoe. even if your gun is unloaded, the safety is on until it is time to make a shot.
3. Absolutely no mind altering or judgement impairing substances should be in your body before or during a hunt/shoot. No alcohol before a hunt.
4. When you do shoot, know your target and know what is beyond it. Don't get too caught up on the target that yuo cannot recognize if there is a building, car or person behind it. Know your target so that you do not kill a species that is out of season, or one that you may have already filled your limit for.
There are plenty of rules regarding gun safety, but these are some of the most important ones to me. If you wish to add anything I may have left out, feel free to do so!