Planning for a hunt is an exciting time, especially if you are heading out west. Safety should be the first priority in your planning. This some of the advice that has been passed along over the years and is still important to remember. This is also good advice for hikers as well.
- Think Safety: This is the most important advice anyone can give. Be safety oriented.
- Tell Someone: Let someone know where you are hunting and when you plan on being back. This is just in case something happens while you are hunting and are overdue to return home. That someone can get help if needed.
- Pack extra gear: You never know when the weather may change. It may be nice and sunny in the morning and suddenly change in the afternoon. It is better to be prepared than not be and end up cold, wet, or both.
- Cell phone: If you have a cell phone, take it. You may never know if you will ever need to get help or something else till you don’t have it with you. Just turn down the ringer while hunting or turn it off till you need it.
- Carry A Compass: We all can get turned around in the woods at one time or another. It happens to the best of us. Carry a simple compass and a map of the area you are hunting, it doesn’t have to be fancy, just has to work. Even if you have a cell phone and a GPS, it’s still a good idea to have an old reliable backup.
- Carry A Daypack: If you know you will be out all day, take a daypack or backpack with you. It can hold your food, first aid kit, compass, map, matches, emergency gear, shells, extra clothing and whatever else you decide to take along. Just pick up your trash when you leave.
- Carry a First Aid Kit: A first aid kit is a very important component of any daypack. You make one yourself or buy one already assembled.
- Have a whistle: This is taught in hunter safety class and is still important in case you become injured or lost. Blowing the whistle in 3 bursts can help others locate you and get you the help you may need.
Be safe and enjoy the outdoors!