Being Safe in the Woods
Hunting is an enjoyable pastime for many individuals. However, hunting is more than just a sport. It is an art which requires attentiveness, caution and skill. In order to ensure a safe experience, hunters need to abide by certain rules. Consider the guidelines below to guarantee a beneficial hunting experience.
- Be visible. This can be accomplished by wearing bright orange, a color which is commonly worn by all hunters so as to stand out in the woods and to prevent being mistaken for an animal. Wearing an orange cap or an orange jacket is ideal. Above all, avoid wearing the color white during hunting season. A speck of white can be confused with the glimmer of a deer’s tail vanishing in the woods. Deer do not have red-sensitive cone cells in their eyes, and they are therefore unable to decipher red or orange from green and brown.
- Since hunters generally know where the hunting trails are located, be sure to adhere to the established trails and to avoid veering off-course.
- When hunting, search for habitats that are unpopular among hunters. Instead, look for solitary areas with great views that are ideal for hiking. To find out where these are, consult your local sporting goods store or the state Fish and Game Department.
- Practice safe ammunition habits. Always assume that every gun is loaded. Control the muzzle and point your gun in a safe direction. Be sure keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to fire. Be aware of your target and what lies beyond it. Never fire a gun until you are absolutely certain of your target.
Hunting may be an enjoyable sport. However, in order to make the most out of the experience, one needs to be prepared and play by the rules. With a bit of caution, hunting can be an enjoyable recreational sport that benefits both the hunter and the environment surrounding him.