Fall hunting season is here, and with it comes an opportunity to engage with nature. Hunting can also be a valuable tool for managing wildlife, especially deer populations. Even in today’s modern age, hunting is an excellent way to provide food for friends and family. It is also a great opportunity for maintaining and creating new opportunities for fellowship.
As you go out into the woods for a few days, don’t forget to take precautions to keep yourself and those around you safe. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Tree Stand Safety
- Always inspect trees to make sure they are healthy with no dead branches or trunks before climbing or installing stands.
- Use the three-point method of contact: two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot in contact with steps.
- Go slowly when climbing a tree.
- Use string or rope to raise and lower firearms, bows and other equipment into elevated stands or blinds.
General Safety Tips
- Follow local hunting laws and regulations.
- Never use drugs or alcohol when target shooting or hunting.
- Wear rubber gloves when field dressing game.
- Wear a helmet when riding an ATV.
- Inform someone about plans and locations before hunting.
- Hunter Orange: Wear hunter orange to identify yourself to other hunters when hunting for upland birds and big game such as deer.
- Climbing Rope: Use a climbing rope when installing tree stands.
- Full-Body Safety Harness: Use a full-body safety harness to protect yourself from falls when hunting from a tree stand.
- Helping Hand: Make sure a helper is present when installing a hanging or ladder tree stand.