Is it time to take to the outdoors for a hunting experience, be it on your own or with family and friends?
In the event the answer is yes, how do you make sure the adventure turns out both fun and safe at the same time?
For the millions of people who love to go hunting each and every year, such experiences are great when it comes to getting away from it all, enjoying spending some time out in nature.
That said anyone and everyone out there hunting wants it to be as safe as possible.
This means making sure you are properly dressed (never forget your clothes to help differentiate you from the animals), have plenty of first aid supplies (see more below) with you in the event you need them, and of course gun safety.
As for that last item, there is absolutely no reason you can’t go out and come back from each and every hunt without a single scratch on you.
So, are you ready to have your next (or even first) fun and safe hunting experience?
Gun Safety Matters the Most
When it comes to being the safest hunter out there, you need to make sure you not only know your gun safety, but thoroughly respect the weapon or weapons of choice.
The old adage that guns don’t kill people, people end up killing people, yes, that is still true to this day.
With that in mind, keep these three tips in mind for a fun and safe hunting experience:
- Gun safety at all times
First and foremost, make sure any guns you take out into the woods are properly cleaned and in the safety mode at all times (other than of course when firing at an animal).
Just as you need to find the perfect holster for your gun you have at home to protect you and those you love, make sure your hunting weapon (typically a rifle) is properly contained to until the time you go to use it.
Finally, in the event you take any children (teens typically) out into the woods with you to hunt, be extra careful around them.
Although you are certainly within your own rights to teach your child and/or any other young family members (nephews, nieces, cousins etc.) to hunt, keep in mind that they do not have the experience level you possess. As such, be extra cautious for their sake and also for yours.
- Safety in your surroundings
Even if you are going to hunt at a place you’ve hunted numerous times before, don’t automatically assume nothing can’t go wrong.
With that in mind, be sure to not only practice safety in your hunting area or areas of choices, but also know where the nearest medical facilities are.
In many cases, you will be out in the country and/or up in the mountains, so hospitals may very well be in scarce supply. That said there should be smaller medical centers, even urgent care facilities within driving distance. Mark these spots before you ever leave home, knowing where you or someone with you can get medical attention if need be.
If you are hunting one someone’s land (with permission of course), be sure to have a good idea of the layout.
This means knowing not only what animals frequent the area, but also any issues where you could possibly be injured in a fall etc.
Lastly, although cell phone reception may be limited where you go, make sure you have your phone (and charger) with you at all times.
Having access to different apps is also a good idea, especially those that revolve around medical needs and making sure you do not get lost etc.
- Your fellow hunters
Last but certainly not least, make sure you keep an eye out at all times for your fellow hunters.
At any given time, the woods can be chock-full of hunters. That being the case, you must do your best to be vigilant anytime you are hunting.
Along with not shooting unless you clearly have your animal target in sight, you should also make sure you do your part to not try and one-up other hunters. This means not getting in a tussle over who has the right to an animal that is being hunted etc.
When all is said and done, it is important that you not only have a fun hunting experience, but one that focuses squarely on safety.