As hunting season comes to a head, many professionals are gearing up to find game for the holidays. Whether a professional or amateur hunter, you can never be too safe. Here are a few tips on doing that!
PREPARATION FOR YOUR HUNTING TRIP
According to the United States Forest Service, here are things you should do to prepare the day of your hunting excursion:
Check weather reports before visiting the forest.
Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will return.
Be familiar with the area you want to hunt.
Dress properly and be prepared for the worst possible conditions.
During certain seasons, wear hunter orange viewable from all directions.
If accompanied by a dog, the dog should also wear hunter orange or a very visible color on a vest, leash, coat, or bandana.
Check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly. Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.
Carry a spare set of dry clothing. Use layering techniques to prevent moisture while retaining body warmth. Always bring rain gear.
Carry a first aid kit.
Clearly identify your target before shooting. Prevent unfortunate accidents or fatalities.
Put hunting plans in writing (dates, times, location and expected time of return). The Coast Guard recommends putting boating plans in writing; leaving one at home and one on your vehicle.
Be alert when hunting near developed areas and trails. Other recreationists are in the forest as well.
Avoid wearing white or tan during deer season. Wear hunter orange or another highly visible color.
In the off-season, be sure to keep guns and ammunition locked up and secure. Also be sure to secure keep hunting vehicles insured in the off-season. You don’t want to come upon the next hunting season and forget to insure your hunting vehicle or have lapses. Talk to your Trusted Choice® Independent Insurance Agent about insuring expensive hunting gear and vehicles. Happy hunting!