5 Essential Hunting Safety Tips April 23 2013

Nothing is quite as exciting as the thrill of the hunt: tracking prey, navigating difficult terrain and setting your sights on the target. But, while hunting can be a lot of fun, there are some inherent dangers to this outdoor activity. Practicing proper hunting safety is essential for having an injury-free experience.

Take a Hunter’s Safety Course

Many states require prospective hunters to complete a hunter’s safety course before they can purchase a hunting license, but even if this isn’t a requirement in your state, it’s still a good idea. Hunter’s safety courses cover everything from gun safety to proper animal identification, hunting ethics and more. It is a valuable resource for those new to hunting to brush up on safety tips and ask questions.

Even if you’ve learned to hunt from experienced hunters, odds are you’ve picked up a few bad habits and a course can improve your safety practices. A course can be helpful for everyone in your hunting party, even those who just plan to spend time at the campsite or hike along unarmed with the hunters.

Be Prepared

Ideally every hunting trip would go as planned, but when you’re dealing with nature this isn’t always the case. Prepare for the unexpected. Take along extra food and water, preferably enough to last for a few days. You may also want to carry other survival essentials in your hunting pack like a whistle, knife, flashlight, matches, rope and even some rudimentary shelter. Hopefully you’ll never need to rely on your emergency essentials, but you’ll be grateful to have them if you do.

Take Your Cell Phone and Keep it Dry

Many hunting areas have limited cell phone service, but you’d be surprised at some of the places I’ve been able to make and receive calls. A cell phone can be a valuable lifeline should someone in your party get injured or separated from the group.

Keep your cell phone on you at all times and keep it dry and protected. We recommend using a T-REIGN ProCase, as they are easy to use, convenient and keep your smartphone safe in a variety of different weather conditions. Two endangered hikers in California were able to use a cell phone to call for help and were rescued safely. Having your phone on you could be the lifeline you need for rescue in an emergency.

Treat Every Gun Like It’s Loaded

Unloaded or not, treat every gun like its ready to fire. Don’t point guns at anything you aren’t willing to shoot. Store your guns properly when they aren’t in use and make sure they aren’t accessible to children. Gun safety is an essential part of hunting safely.

Never Hunt Alone

Even when you’re careful, hunting accidents can still happen. Never hunt alone. Find someone who shares your passion and go out in a group. This way you’ll have someone to help should something go wrong and you’ll have the pleasure of good company on your trip.

When it comes to hunting your number one rule should always be SAFETY. May you have many safe and happy hunts this year.