We hear it more and more about people are getting their hunting license. It’s not just for the sport but it also helps people become more self-sufficient wherein they can hunt and eat their own game. Where hunting is becoming more popular, for those first time hunters it is wise to learn from and accompany those with experience. However, not all have that luxury. Shooting Range Industries would like to share with those first time hunters a few safety tips that they may not have considered as they go out on their first hunt.
Guide to Hunting Duck, Waterfowl & Other Game
Some of the first time game hunter begins with water fowl, such as duck or geese hunting. From the perspective of a seasoned waterfowl hunter, here are a few safety tips they have shared for those first timers. Even those these tips are from a waterfowl hunter, you will find these tips are sound advice when hunting any kind of game.
1. The number one safety rule that you never want to neglect is advising others as to where you’re planning on going hunting. Whether it is a friend or family member, tell someone where you are going, when you’re leaving, and when you’re due back. In the event you get hurt or get lost, someone will know to go looking for you if you’re not back in a reasonable amount of time.
2. Make sure you carry a waterproof fire starting kit. Keep it in your pocket in the event you lose your pack or camp site. Should this occur you will need to be able to start a fire. For one a fire is crucial in preventing hypothermia, and two you can use smoke as a signal in case you get lost.
3. If you are going hunting for an extended period of time, and you’re taking a boat, mobile trailer, or camper, make sure everything mechanical in nature is in good condition and that you’re not going to be left stranded.
4. If you’re using a boat to navigate around in search of waterfowl, make sure you wear a flotation device.
5. When going on a hunting trip, make sure to pack safety gear or emergency gear such as: Rope, Flare Gun, Hand Axe, Whistle, Space Blanket, and extra food such as dehydrated food that won’t spoil.
6. It is good to always know which direction you’re going and where you are at. Many hunters will keep a compass in visible view such as on their wrist or strung on the firearm or etc. where it is easy to continually know in which direction you are heading. A small map of the area also is a good idea.
7. Make sure to keep your cell phone fully charged and in a waterproof container. In the event you or someone is in need of emergency assistance, you’re able to make the call. If your phone battery is halfway down that is when it is time to go back to camp for a recharge.
8. Know the condition of your gun at all times. Never have your firearm loaded until you’re ready to use it. Also check you firearm for any obstruction before loading your gun.
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Make sure you take every precaution when you’re planning a hunting trip. Whether you’re a seasoned or beginner hunter, never neglect safety precautions. Shooting Range Industries wishes you a safe and good hunting trip. Contact us for information about hiring us to design and build your own custom shooting range today!