How to Stay Safe When Hunting This Fall

Hunting Safety If you’re a hunter or you’re going on a hunting trip with someone, there are some hunting safety tips to keep in mind.

First, check the weather report before you go out on the land. It’s better to delay a hunting trip if the weather is going to be terribly stormy with miserable rain and/or bone-chilling, windy, icy snow making it way too uncomfortable.

Next, dress for all kinds of weather. That means wear layers of clothing so you can be warm when it’s cold out, and cool when it gets warm in the afternoon. If you can, carry a spare set of dry clothes in case what you’re wearing gets cold and wet. Rain gear is very helpful. So are hiking boots instead of flip-flops, and wearing something that stands out like an orange vest or hat so you’re not mistaken for an animal and shot by someone else.

Since hunting involves wandering through lands where few people ever go, always tell someone close to you (like a spouse, parent, or best friend) the area where you’re going and when you expect to return. That way, if you go missing, someone will know and contact authorities to look for you.

To stay safe around animals like elk, deer and moose, remember that mothers may become aggressive if they think you’re going to hurt their young. It’s best to keep your distance and avoid making any sudden movements. You’ll know the animal is agitated if they’re stomping or flailing their front legs, snorting or charging. Don’t make eye contact, don’t make loud noises, and back away slowly, retreating to a vehicle or building if possible.

Finally, when hunting it’s best to bring a first-aid kit with you, just in case. With Samuelson Outfitters, you should bring a small day pack with essentials in it for your hunting trip.