17 Nov Hunting Safety
Hunting season is here and it is finally time for you to get up early and do something that does not involve work. But the season also brings more than a fair share of hunting-related accidents and injuries as well. Try and stay out of harm’s way when hunting by following these tips:
Learn Your State Laws
When hunting, it is important to know whether you need a license, whether you are required to wear “hunter’s orange”, where you are allowed to hunt, and what weapons you can use.
Archery and Bowhunting
- Only point the bow and arrow in a safe direction.
- Only nock an arrow when it’s safe to shoot.
- Be sure of your target and what is in front of it, immediately behind it, and beyond.
- New shoot over a ridge.
- Only soot when you have a safe range or shooting area, and a safe backstop or background.
- Avoid dry-firing a bow, it may cause serious damage to the bow and can injure the archer.
- Do not shoot an arrow straight up in the air.
- Wear armguard and finger protection while shooting bow and arrows.
- Handle arrows carefully. Protect yourself and the arrow points with a covered arrow quiver.
- Use a bow-stringer for stringing longbows and recurve bows.
- Immediately repair defects in equipment.
- Prior to each use, check your bow for cracks, dents, break, separating laminate4s, peeling glass, and defects in mechanical parts.
- Check for cracks, dents, or bends: discard any that have permanent flaws.
- Check the bowstring regularly, and replace it fit becomes worn or frays. Frequent use of bowstring wax greatly extends the life of the bowstring.
- Always treat every fire as though it is loaded.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
- Always be sure of your target and what is in front of or behind it.
Stay Visible to The Other Hunters at All Times
Always wear high-visibility clothing in either hunter or blaze orange or pink exist for a reason. Neither color occurs in nature, and wearing it is the best way to signal to other hunters that you are not what they are hunting for, but rather to avoid you. Also, be sure to keep your flashlight out and lit to show your location when passing other hunting camps during the night. Also, don’t wear any white clothing, like a tee-shirt, which can all too easily be confused for a deer at a distance.
- Always wear a full-body harness also known as a fall-arrest system. Connect to your tether line and keep your tether line shoes. That teth is designed to keep you in a seat, not to catch you after you fall.
- Always have a haul line to raise and lower your unloaded firearm or bow into and out of the stand. you can also use the haul for other things like a heavy backpack
- Use a lifeline when climbing up and down, this keeps you connected from the time you leave the ground to the time you get back down.
- Always have three points of contact while climbing into and out of the treestand: This means two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand at all times.