Hunting is an adventure, but it is always important to keep in mind certain safety measures. You may be a safe and mindful hunter, but you may come across newbie hunters, and other hunters who are reckless and inexperienced. You may not be in control of others, but the best you can do is to be aware of your surroundings, and know if there are any other hunters in the vicinity.
7. Wearing Hunter Orange Clothing
Wearing orange clothing helps other hunters spot each other, and it is required by state law. Wearing this orange reflective clothing is excellent for day and night hunting excursions. Orange clothing isn't the best option when it comes to camouflage, but it is a safety feature that can potentially save lives.
6. Know What You're Shooting
Whether it is duck, deer, or any kind of hunting, hunters must always know what they are shooting. There have been instances where hunters have been shot because they were mistaken for deer. That's why it's important not to carry any deer over year back in order to avoid accidents.
5. Know the Weather
Always know what the weather is going to be like so you can dress accordingly. You don't want to find yourself in the middle of a snow storm, if your attire is ill-equipped to deal with the frigid cold. Aside from a safety standpoint, changes in weather can also affect deer behavior, which could potentially throw you off of your hunting game.
4. Location, Location, Location
Whenever hunting, let friends and family know where you are going when hunting. This will be of great help should you get lost, or lose track of the time. Always have some form of communication present, whether it is a phone, or walkie-talkie if hunting with someone.
3. Hunting with Someone
If at all possible, avoid hunting alone. If you don't have anyone that can come with you, a dog would make a good companion. When hunting alone, there is a greater chance of getting lost, and there is a risk of not being found for days if injured. Taking family members or friends is not only a safety precaution, but it is a great way to bond and have a good time.
2. Emergency Supplies
Having food sources available, along with other supplies like a compass, medical kit or anything else will be useful. This will be especially important if you plan to venture further into the woods. Having a steady supply could potentially save lives, if the worst happens.
1. Know Your Surroundings
This is a golden rule for any hunting or camp venture. Knowing your area requires what types of predators are in the area, the closest roads nearby, locating the North Star if lost, whether or not you're on private property, among other things. Being lost or starved in the woods is also something to keep in mind. Take certain berries, for instance, a fruit that looks appetizing in times of distress, but can cause stomach complications like diarrhea and cramps. The last thing you want is any kind of illness when out in the open. The same applies to mushrooms. Know what to watch out for when it comes to catching poison ivy or poison oak. You can see pictures of these plants to avoid below.
There's so many more safety measures when it comes to hunting, so check the Missouri Department of Conservation website for more information.