Basic Hunting Tips
Hunting is very
exciting, but it can also be extremely dangerous and even
deadly if hunters are not educated and religiously exercise good
1. Prior to going on your hunting trip, prepare yourself well. Make
sure all your equipment is in working order.
2. Never depart to an unplanned location or take off on a spontaneous
3. Always inform others about your hunting plan and give them
information when you will be returning.
3. Whenever possible, leave detailed directions to your hunting grounds
with friends or family that will be staying home in case an emergency
arises and they need to direct rescue or medical personnel to your
4. Make every effort to return home as close to your planned time as
5. Before your hunting trip plan and discuss all steps in case you are
late checking in, so your contact person can then know how to set out
using your directions to see if you need assistance.
6.Take the time to prepare your firearms. Clean
inspect the firearms after every use or after any time your weapon has
spent in storage.
7. Prepare a small first aid kit to carry with you while you are
8. Consider bringing your cell phone. Even if you try to avoid any
connection with "civilisation", you can always keep it turned off
while you are hunting, and a phone can be the difference between life
and death in an emergency.
9. Always be prepared to give detailed directions to your exact
location as you move
through the woods.
10. Avoid camouflage
gear and clothing and wear orange-colored clothing along with
orange-colored safety gear. While camouflaged gear is great to help you
remain undetected by the animals, it can also confuse other hunters if
they see movement from a distance without recognizing the orange color.
11. When you are hunting in a group, try to keep the
location of those around you in your mind as you change positions to
12. If you
are using a decoy such as a doe decoy, be sure to use
orange safety tape around the perimeter of the area you will be in, to
help other hunters recognize your decoy. You
can also observe the area from an elevated position to further protect
yourself from any stray shots directed at your decoy.
13. When you are
hunting deer and find yourself tracking a wounded
animal, always use extreme caution. Other
animals in the area may become panicked at the smell of one of
their own running wounded near them. An
injured animal is very unpredictable and may likely be desperate to get
away from you if
it senses that you are pursuing.
14. Do not approach a wounded animal head-on and never
allow yourself to be corned between a solid object and a wounded animal.
15. Always plan in
advance to have a way of escape in your mind in case of
the animal attack.
16. If attacked,
protect your head and chest as much as possible to limit damage to your
organs and increase your chance of survival. Try to cover your head
with your arms and
roll into a tight ball to protect your head and torso from injury.
17. Always be aware of your surroundings and lookout for
other animals that may be encountered while hunting. Being aware
of your surroundings is an
important step in staying safe while hunting.
appropriately for the predicted weather in your area. Dressing in
layers is recommended and helpful.
19. If using public transportation such as a plane, always
check with your carrier to determine its requirements for transporting
firearms and other hunting gear you plan to take on your hunting trip.
20. Always carry quality survival
kit with you on your hunting trip.
Use some caution and common sense to ensure many more years
hunting yet to come.
Travel Advisory - Hunting