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Hunting has survived the modernization of civilization. In fact, it has flourished into one of the most popular pastimes and hobbies in the world. Unfortunately, one of the world's favorite past times can also be one of its most dangerous. Every hunter should know some basic things before heading out into the field or on the water.
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Hunters -- Blaze Orange Requirements
CLICK HERE -- Got orange? If not, now is a good time to obtain blaze orange for fall hunting. Humans can recognize blaze orange and will relate it to the presence of a human because it is a color not found in nature. All states require hunters to wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange on their head, chest and back when hunting during firearm season.
CLICK HERE -- The most important aspect of hunting concerns how to walk and carry a gun. It is important to make sure that the muzzle always points away from the hunter and any companions. There are many ways to do this. One option is the side carry, which is effectively carrying the gun with one hand and tucking the stock between the elbow and the body. It is not recommended to use the side carry when the hunter is walking through dense brush or with other companions walking in front.....
Every year archery hunters injure themselves and most of the accidents are caused by archers doing one of two things: not being safe in tree stands or having arrows out of their quiver, before they're ready to shoot...
Bowhunting doesn't involve firearms, but it does present two unique risks. Every year there are reports of hunters falling from trees or jabbing themselves or other hunters while carrying arrows in their hands. Another risk is letting an arrow fly without being certain what's behind the target. Arrows, especially carbon arrows, can hit with great force at distances as far as 100 yards from the point of release. Here are some tips to keep you safe and have an enjoyable archery hunt:
The basics of Ice fishing is finding an iced up body of water that contains fish. However if you want to be safe and good at it, experience and knowledge make a big difference...
The dangers of late-season ice touches on an issue and a question of responsibility that - if you hunt ducks with a dog - you will at some point be confronted with: when is it too dangerous for your dog to hunt?
Ice Fishing Caution and Safety Reminders -- There are few areas in late December where ice is safe enough to support fishing. “Once we have sustained cold weather to form good ice, ice fishing can be safe and a lot of fun,” said Col. David LeCours, Vermont’s Chief Game Warden, “but when we go onto the ice, we need to use good judgment and observe several safety precautions.”
Trying to determine if the ice is safe on your lake? Try using this chart as a 'guideline' in your research. These Guidelines were created by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and are good rules of thumb for any state if your going to be on the ice.
Review Tree Stand Safety Tips Before Heading to the Woods - Though commonly used by deer hunters everywhere, tree stands often are improperly installed. As a result, they are considered the leading cause of hunting-related incidents. Not every tree stand is the same. Hunters should be familiar with their particular model’s features. Following are recommended safety tips:
The tree stand is one of the most popular pieces of hunting equipment. Using tree stands can be dangerous if they are used incorrectly or carelessly. Tree stand accidents are the leading cause of hunter injuries in Maryland. Nationally, including Maryland, over 50% of all hunting accidents are tree stand related. Most tree stand accidents occur in transition from a climbing device to the tree stand and from the tree stand onto the climbing device. Other injuries occur when the tree stand fails (usually home made stands) or from incorrect installation of a manufactured stand. (Watch Video)
How To Stay Alive if Lost, Hurt or Stranded -- The following scenarios and others like them play out over three thousand times per year in the United States. Folks heading outdoors in search of adventure don't plan on getting lost or hurt in the wilderness. It can happen to the best of us, and when it does, people underestimate the challenges of the wilderness and overestimate their own ability.
Fairbanks snowmachiner John Johnston has never been forced to bivouac (camp in the open) on the trail or in the mountains during 30 years of riding in Alaska, but he’s more than prepared to do so if that situation arises.
Have you ever been in a survival situation? Most of us have not. Would you know how to survive in the wilderness in a crisis? Believe it or not, most of us would not. With the advent of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) we've been lulled into a false sense of security, thinking that we can escape any predicament by following our handy little electronic devices to safety.
Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts headed to the field should be aware of the threat of hypothermia and how to combat it. Hypothermia occurs when exposure to the wind, cold and wetness drain heat from the body faster than it can be produced...