They say hunting is a royal activity, which is correct. It happens to be the favorite outdoor activity of most aristocratic people, including many sovereigns, prominent political personalities, world leaders, and social elites.
No wonder it’s one of the best outdoor activities as it provides you with various opportunities to explore the wildlife, learn and practice patience, and bond with your family and friends. I’m a regular hunter. In fact, I would say the woods are my second home. Hunting is
something that gives me a fresh perspective on life while relieving my anxiety in the meantime. If you’re a hunting enthusiast as well, you’re at the right place.
In this article today, I’m going to walk you through a few safety tips that will help you in your next hunting trip. Of course, it’s not easy catching those wildlife animals. It could be dangerous for the hunter, so why not be safe now rather than sorry later?
Make Sure You Have High-Quality Hunting Equipment
Many hunters have lost their lives in the woods because of the low-quality hunting equipment. The rifle failed to work at the last hour and the animal attacked the hunter; such statements are commonly found published in everyday newspapers. Therefore, the first thing is to ensure that you have high-quality hunting equipment. From the
rifles to the rifle scopes and binoculars, everything needs to be in excellent working condition. Let’s say it’s essential for the hunter’s safety.
If you’re the person who rents hunting equipment every time you plan to go hunting, I would suggest you buy your own equipment instead. Rentals often fail to deliver the required results, bringing unnecessary chaos to your life.
Stick To Camouflage Hunting Apparels
Most people make the mistake of wearing incorrect clothes and it’s something that not only ruins their hunting trips but challenges their security as well. How? Well, it’s quite simple. A camouflage outfit makes you disappear in the woods, making it hard for the animals to spot you.
On the other hand, colorful clothing, especially bright colors make you more prominent. If the animal can spot you, it can attack you. It’s as simple as that. Other than that, you must not wear any scents when going hunting in the woods.
Animals have a quick sense of smell. They can smell you from a hundred feet away and attack you if they feel in danger. Hence, wearing scents in the wood could be dangerous for the hunter so it needs to be avoided.
Inform Your Family About Your Whereabouts
It’s common to get lost, hurt, or injured when hurting. It’s not always serious, but such things are frequently reported. It’s wise to inform someone from your family or friends about your whereabouts, where you’ll be, and when you’ll get back.
Keep your phone close by and make sure you have a portable battery charger with you at all times so your phone never runs out of battery. It’s also safe to make a little noise when hunting in the woods so that other hunters know about you. You can either whistle or say something loud when you hear a gunshot. Once the other hunters acknowledge you, be quiet and continue searching for the targets. Too much noise
can alert the animals about your presence, so you need to handle it smartly.
Cover Your Head With Something Reflective
As I mentioned earlier, dressing up in all camouflage outfits makes you disappear in the woods. Although it’s a great strategy for catching the prey, it’s not entirely safe as other hunters may confuse you with an animal and hurt you unintentionally along the way. For this, you must wear something reflective over your head. It will help the other hunters
know that you’re not an animal but a hunter yourself. You can also wear a hunter orange vest.
It's easier to spot, so you’ll remain safe when hunting around.
Apart from that, be sure to check with the local community for hunter orange requirements to be on the safe side. Every place has different rules, so it’s always great to confirm it all beforehand.
Set Up a Tree Stand
People generally refrain from carrying things like a tree stand, rope, knives, and bigger backpacks when going hunting. I understand that it’s not very comfortable carrying excessive weight, but it's necessary for your safety. The nature of the woods is unpredictable and so are the wildlife animals.
Having a proper tree stand is crucial for professional hunting. In case you don’t have a tree stand, you must buy it before you leave for your hunting trip. If you already have one, please ensure all its straps are in place and there’s no wear and tear.
Other than that, make sure you have a full-body harness. It is something that can help prevent potential injuries or falls that can cause severe damage. Also, use a good-quality rope when installing your tree stand. Oh, and don’t forget to keep your phone with you all
this time. You never know when you need to call someone for any reason.
Winding it up, I want you to know that hunting is a remarkable outdoor activity, so all such risks are worth taking. It may be a little tricky for you in the beginning, but you’ll eventually get used to it once you start hunting on a regular basis. A lot of professional hunters even stay in the woods for the night for that perfect catch.
It doesn’t matter what time you choose for hunting, be sure to follow the safety hacks mentioned above and you’ll be good to go. Oh, and please invest in a good bug repellent spray for your next hunting trip. It’s a little thing that can make a huge difference. I wish you
all the best, my friends!