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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 22:56

Hunter Safety Is On Our Minds

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We at Shotem and Caughtem have read article after article as of late about different hunting accidents that are preventable occurring around the nation and felt it appropriate to once again remind people that safety precautions when going out into the field should never been left to chance.  We too sometimes become complacent as many do about safety.  When you hunt and fish on a regular basis it is easy to forget for a second or two that something bad could happen.  Staying aware of basic safety is paramount.

We all know (or should know) the basics. Keep your eyes and ears aware of other hunters and groups in and around your area. Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction at all times, even if it’s not loaded, because we know to treat every gun as if it is loaded.

There are some other factors that might not be part of our hunter education training that can add to our safety in the field as well.

Deer hunters, of course, are required to wear orange while in the woods, cattails and brush. The 400 square inches is the legal minimum requirement, but for many hunters, more is better. The idea is to make yourself look like a florescent orange beacon on the prairie.

During deer season, people who are hunting something else, especially waterfowl, should consider some type of orange marker or other display to let others know you are in the area. An orange jacket hung on a fence or bush that can be seen from the nearest road will alert others.

And, if you’re in a field situation, have orange handy to put on when retrieving birds or setting out or picking up decoys.

The same thing goes if you’re hunting from a ground or elevated blind. Place something orange somewhere in the vicinity so other hunters are made aware of your hideout. The idea is to minimize the risk of not being seen to the greatest extent possible.