Hunters Accident Safety Guide

Hunters Accident Safety Guide

The art of chasing after wildlife for food, recreation or trade, hunting has been around since at least the time of Homo Sapiens. In contemporary times, the word "hunting" is used mainly to indicate lawful hunting, as opposed to all-out poaching. The wildlife which is hunted is commonly called game, and these are mainly game-birds and mammals. Hunting involves the use of lethal firearms to kill game, which is why safety and preventing accidents are of utmost importance during any hunting trip.

Be Aware of Surroundings

Being aware of the surroundings is one of the quickest and most effective ways that hunters can ensure their hunting excursion is a safe one. During many hunting accidents—fatal or not—the parties involved were not aware of their surroundings. Being aware of your surroundings means that hunters should only fire from what is known as their "safe zone of fire." This is basically the area where hunters can safely fire, and it is defined by the hunter’s field of view, the range of the firearm, and the presence of unsuitable targets.

· Department of Environmental Conservation: Gives a bulleted list of some practical hunting tips about awareness. Also goes into further detail about hunting deer.

· Department of Natural Resources and Environment: Very brief advice on how to successfully hunt turkeys. Includes advice on need for turkey to be within firing range.

· Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: Gives tips on how hunters should have a certain field of view from which to fire on game.

Proper Gear/Attire

The proper hunting gear and attire is essential to make the hunter’s trip successful and also safe. Clothing must consist of attire that can protect against sometimes unpredictable weather; in conjunction with this consideration, hunters ought to also monitor local weather reports. An example of appropriate attire is layered clothing so that hunters can take some off if the weather changes. Reliable boots are another essential, as hunters require warm and dry feet at all times. Bringing along the proper hunting gear is ultra-essential since hunters would be ill-equipped to hunt without it. Hunting gear not only consists of firearms but also knives with which hunters can field-dress their game after they have killed it.

· Intro to Fox Hunting Attire: Everything anyone could want to know about the proper attire for a fox-hunting trip. Includes a few different looks for men and women.

· Cabela’s Hunting: Popular website of large outfitter and provider of hunting gear and attire.

· Whitetails: Another website dedicated to hunting gear and attire, but this one is primarily for deer hunting.

· Trophy’s Hunting Gear: Website that provides hunting gear that is discounted. Offers a wide array of choices.

Establishing Target Before Firing

The reasons behind establishing a target before firing have mostly to do with safety and preventing hunting accidents. First, establishing a target before firing means hunters are less likely to kill another human being, which they may do if they rush into the shot. Secondly, establishing the target before firing allows hunters to avoid errors involving hitting an unintended object either between hunters and the target, or beyond the target. For instance, if there is a road or a farm near the target, the bullet may miss the target and hit something it shouldn’t.

· Turkey Hunting Safety Tips: Detailed advice about what makes an average turkey hunt safe and successful. This includes information on knowing what to shoot before actually firing.

· New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife: Provides 15 pieces of advice on how to hunt turkey, with part of it focused on positively identifying the turkey before shooting.

· Four Basic Rules of Firearm Safety: Information on the TAB-K Formula, which includes advice on being certain of a target before firing.

Rules/Regulations of Hunting Zones

The rules and regulations of hunting zones vary widely in the United States. For the most part, it is entirely up to each, individual state how to regulate hunting; regulations are based on state law and in some cases on U.S. environmental law. In general, hunting zone regulations govern the methods, techniques, time periods and areas in which particular game may be hunted. In some states, unprotected species (sometimes also called varmint) can be hunted with no regulations imposed, while hunting protected species requires hunters to carry a hunting license in the states.

· Small Game Outlook: Educates people on the rules surrounding cleaning up after killing small game birds. Also discusses, among other topics, the limit on how many birds hunters can bag.

· Snow Goose Quality Hunts: Website from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife that talks about all the rules and regulations for hunting snow goose.

· Hunting and Fishing Regulations: Very extensive website that goes into detail about programs and requirements for hunting licenses in Ohio.

Firearm safety

Firearm safety is another fundamental aspect of avoiding hunting accidents and increasing safety while out hunting. First of all, the most basic rule that all hunters need to respect is to always point the firearm in a safe direction. This can mean away from people or down towards the ground; common sense usually dictates what this direction is. Secondly, hunters ought to always keep their finger off the trigger until they are totally ready to fire; keeping the finger on the trigger guard is an excellent way to uphold this rule. Finally, firearms should actually be unloaded until hunters are ready to use them on game.

· Deer Hunting Tips: From the Missouri Department of Conservation comes practical advice on being safe while hunting deer. This includes advice on firearms, among other suggestions.

· Basic Hunting Tips: From the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources comes tips on how to be safe while hunting. This includes treating loaded guns with respect.

· 10 Commandments of Firearm Safety: A list of the 10 basics of firearm safety that need to known when out in the woods hunting, or at any other place.

· Sioux Empire Safety Village: Long write-up on the dos and donts of hunting safety also includes advice about safe use of firearms.

Hunting in Numbers/Itinerary Left Behind for Those to Find you

Hunting alone is always advised against by experts in hunting, just because it makes circumstances more hazardous for the lone hunter. Hunting in numbers is always looked at as the safer option since being in a group equals more people to watch out for each other and more heads to come up with solutions if things go haywire. Some hunters do still prefer to hunt alone because they find it more peaceful. In those cases, the solitary hunter should still remember to take precautions like leaving word with others, exercising extra precaution against shooting himself, and remembering to bring along any medications if there is a need.

· California Hunting Today: Web page that discusses the dangers of solo hunting and recommends that people always hunt at least in pairs.

· Hunter Safety: From the USDA Forest Service comes a web page that gives hunters tips on safety. A few tips revolve around the need to tell other people if a hunter goes out alone.

· Double R Hunting Club: Information about a private hunting club in Texas, meant to ensure that hunters never venture out by themselves.