A Hunting Outfitter’s Basic Guide to Safety

The hunting season is now upon us. The morning frost gleams off the grass and bites at every hunter’s finger tips. This is the season; the one where hunters get another chance to nab that monster buck they’ve been tracking all year. However, in the midst of all this excitement, hunters can sometimes forget about the basics of hunting and that’s safety.

If you are a hunting outfitter or want to be one, then it’s important to understand the fundamentals of hunting safety. But if you want to be a great outfitter, then you have to go beyond that. Pay attention to the finer details, the people around and to your environment.

Hunting & Fishing First Aid Kits

Hunting & Fishing First Aid Kits

Gun Safety

If hunting alone, the hunter doesn’t really pay attention to gun movement. As long as it’s slung on their shoulder or pointed in the general direction of the ground, it’s usually pretty safe. However, in a group, it’s not that simple. Even if a gun is pointed at the ground, paying attention to the people around the hunter and where they walk is critical to proper safety practices.

It’s up to every hunter to ensure they practice safe gun handling, but great hunting outfitters are well trained in keeping an eye on everyone around them. Understanding people’s movements and mannerisms can provide a ton of information, which can help outfitters determine how others handle and operate their weapons.

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Trauma Pak with QuikClot

Deer Stand Safety

There’s more to deer stand safety than most people think. Mostly it comes down to ensuring a hunter is properly harnessed while climbing and sitting up in the stand. Many hunters don’t do this, however, because of overconfidence or feeling burdened with the inconvenience of dealing with harnesses.

It also depends on the condition of the deer stand. Many instances when a hunter falls is from a step in the latter breaking. This can be avoided by checking the condition of the deer stand before hunting and fixing any issues that are present. Although this takes some extra time, at least hunters will know they can hunt in their stands with less risk.

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Sporting Dog – First Aid Kits for Dogs

Companion Safety

Hunting outfitters in particular have more safety responsibilities than normal hunters. They have more to worry about and pay attention to mostly because they hunt with other people. Hunting with others is more dangerous than hunting alone, except if something goes wrong when a hunter is alone and there’s no one around to help. Otherwise, hunting in packs requires a greater attention to the finer safety details.

While hunting in packs, hunting outfitters are like supervisors. They keep safety first no matter what. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, but a great outfitter will restrain from doing so. It’s their job after all. They ensure everyone practices proper gun safety, deer stand safety and traveling safety.

If hunting with others, it’s very important that everyone knows where their hunting buddies are posting up for the day. More importantly, everyone should communicate if they decide to change their hunting routines in the middle of a hunt. If communication doesn’t occur then hunters run the risk of injuring the other hunters.

A hunting outfitter helps alleviate the risk of the other hunters. Outfitters can organize the entire hunt so no one gets in each other’s way, which will result in little to no risk involved when hunting in a pack.

Always remember your Hunting and Fishing Kits

Sammy Jo writes for KT’s Trophy Hunts, Iowa and Missouri Hunting Outfitters who have over 6500 acres of private hunting land. It’s a hunter’s paradise.

Originally published in the First Aid Mart Blog

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