Thousands of people are injured each year in hunting related accidents. Sadly most of these injuries and even deaths could have been avoided by simply following the most basic hunting safety rules. Below are just a few of the most important guidelines that should be followed whenever someone goes hunting.
The highest priority should be ensuring the safety of everyone in regards to handling guns or bows. Guns should always be treated as though they are loaded, even if the person possessing it fully believes that it isn’t. A gun should never be pointed at a person and should be held pointed towards the ground as much as possible. This will greatly reduce the chances that someone will be injured unintentionally. If there is a safety, it should be engaged at any time that it is not being aimed at a specific target.
When planning for a hunting trip it is best to be sure that others are aware of the plans. This should include where the hunting will take place, the intended time frame for a return and what to do if the party does not return as expected. Hunting typically occurs in remote locations, increasing the chances that people could become stranded without a means to get the help that they need. Having someone that is aware of the plans helps to ensure that people will go looking for the party if something were to arise.
It is also best to be sure to always hunt with a group. It is all too common that a hunter decides to go out on their own only to become lost or injured and unable to call for help. Hunting as a group ensures that there are others around to help if someone does become unable to walk or is disoriented.
A very common cause of injury while hunting is becoming overwhelmed by the elements. This could be either succumbing to extreme heat or cold. The best way to prevent this is to be sure that the right gear is available. Weather can change very quickly. Planning ahead for any possible circumstance is the easiest way to prevent this from becoming a problem.
Finally, hunters should always be sure that they are familiar with the area in which they will be taking part in their favorite sport. This includes being sure that the area is legal to hunt on. Too frequently people find themselves on private property, which becomes a hazard for them as well as the property owner. They should also be aware of their surroundings to ensure they do not accidentally shoot others that are hunting in the area. Wearing a bright vest can reduce the chances of being shot, but staying alert is essential as well.
Most people know that hunting safety is important for having an enjoyable time, but everyone should make it a priority. If all hunters kept the above tips in mind there could be a great reduction in the number of injuries and fatalities each year. Be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.