RCMP issue gun safety reminders following bullet hitting vehicle

Picture of bullet hole – Wood Buffalo RCMP

Wood Buffalo RCMP is issuing gun safety reminders following a complaint of a bullet hitting a pickup truck.

The incident took place on Oct. 23, 2023, when the truck was heading southbound on Highway 63, near Supertest Hill.

The driver heard a loud bang around 3:45 p.m. and inspected their vehicle.

A bullet hole was found in the front hood of the truck and police investigation led them to believe it was likely a careless discharge of a hunting rifle.

RCMP are reminding the public to ensure everyone’s safety during fall hunting season.

It is illegal to shoot a gun or cause a projectile from a gun to pass along or across provincial highways and any road that is paved, oiled, or maintained unless hunting game birds with a shotgun and appropriate license.

Hunters are also reminded to not shoot a weapon within 200 yards of an occupied building, such as a home, or public facility.

It is also illegal to hunt or shoot a weapon between 30 minutes past sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise.

Hunting any wildlife while impaired on drugs and alcohol, and transporting loaded firearms, is also illegal.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers are out with the RCMP to check licenses and ensure firearm and hunting laws are being followed.

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