Hunting as a sport can be a lot of fun and a great way to get fresh meat. However, while you’re out there it’s important to remain as safe as possible, especially if you know there are other hunters in the area or more dangerous animals than you feel ready to deal with. Below are some tips for remaining safe while you hunt.

Take Your Cell Phone

This first topic has been a subject for debate; after all, an ill-timed text message or notification has the ability to either distract you or scare off what you’re hunting with the noise. After turning your phone on silent though, there are a lot of upsides to bringing your phone along on your hunting trip. Having your phone on you while you hunt could ultimately be one of the better decisions you could make while prepping for an all-day trip. Not only because of the ease of making or taking phone calls and texts but also because of everything else a cell phone can do. Updates to the weather can circumvent getting caught in unexpected showers, map and tracking apps make sure you always know where you are, and the general time-wasting of games or the internet can help for those slow periods where you’re just waiting or taking a break.

Being able to call for help or know where you are is probably the more important reason to bring a phone, but having your phone, in general, won’t be a bad thing simply because of everything it has the ability to do for you.

Practice Firearm Safety

Many people are injured while they are hunting because they do not know how to use a firearm properly. It is a good idea to take gun safety courses and general hunting education courses before you go hunting. You can find out about these courses at your local gun store. One of the best things that you can do in order to stay safe is to keep your fingers off of the trigger until it is time for you to shoot. You should also have an eye on your target before you pull the trigger.

Wear the Right Clothing

The weather can change rather quickly, even if you think it won’t. In fact, it seems like that’s definitely when the weather will change on you. Then there is being out in nature in general to consider. Wearing the right clothing while you are hunting will keep you comfortable, warm, and dry. That is why it is a good idea for you to dress in warm layers. Avoid wearing cotton clothing because it tends to retain moisture. Additionally, you should avoid wearing tan, brown and white colors. This can cause you to be mistaken for an animal to other hunters in the area. If possible, you should wear orange as a safety measure to distinguish yourself from your surroundings and let other hunters know you’re human. There are plenty of safety vests to choose from, all incorporating enough orange to make yourself distinct from the game or the forest surrounding you.

Protect Yourself From A Fall

Falls are another common reason that people get injured when they are hunting. The best thing that you can do to prevent yourself from falling is to be mindful of your surroundings and step carefully when you walk. You can also wear a full-body harness, especially if you’re going to be in a tree. Should you fall, the harness will be sure to catch you.

Furthermore, it is a good idea for you to avoid drinking before you go hunting, or even during. Alcohol has a tendency to increase your risk of falling as it throws off your balance. It can also impair your judgment, coordination, and communication skills. Loaded guns and alcohol never tend to be a good mix.

Even though hunting is fun, it can also be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to do what you can to keep yourself safe by taking precautionary steps to protect yourself, ranging from taking your phone to wearing the appropriate gear. Overall, using your best judgment and following standard safety procedures should mean you have a great time hunting, and stay safe while doing it.

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