Every year at this time thousands of hunters take to the field to participate in various kinds of hunting.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to make it a safer and more enjoyable experience.
If the rules call for it, wear Hunter Orange and wear it visibly. It is not just for those in your party, but for others not in you party. Wearing orange vests with a hood over your back decreases your visibility.
Always be sure of your background and your target. Ask yourself what happens if I miss? I have seen people shoot towards houses and over rises where they do not know what is on the other side. Both can be dangerous.
Remember the other rules of gun safety as well:
- Keep you finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
- Always assume a firearm is loaded.
Many boaters log a float plan with someone when they go out on the water. It can be a buddy or a relative and just let them know roughly when you are going, where you are going and your expected return time. If you are not back by then, the person with the float plan knows to get in contact with you just to check to see if you are O.K. Why not do the same with hunting? I have someone keep me on a phone app that tells them where I am 24-7. I f something bad happens, at least they can find my phone and start from there. Hunting plans are especially good for those kinds of hunting that are typically done alone.
Of course, plan for the weather. We all have stories of where we were either really happy we brought the extra layer, or really sorry we did not. There is an old saying: Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Take some time to check your equipment for safety and operation. A quick check can prevent errors like not having the right kind of ammo, bringing the wrong choke, dull arrow heads, forgetting flashlights, making sure equipment is clean and in good operating condition. And, I always have a whistle. There is one in my hunting coat and one on my life jacket. Just in case I need to be located!
Finally, watch your physical well-being. If you find yourself short of breath or laboring, climb the hill at less of an angle or wade the marsh a little slower. Most of us do this kind of thing as recreation not as a living.
It’s better to make it out of the field slowly than not at all.
Have fun, Hunt well, Be safe.
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