Hunting can be a safe and enjoyable experience, but proper preparation is needed to prevent safety issues. Along with the normal preparation of weapons and hunting gear, awareness of weather, hunting area conditions and personal health should be part of the pre-trip checklist.
Weather conditions are a normal part of hunting, and local hunters are normally aware of area weather. Complacency, however, can lead to problems if unexpected or rapidly changing conditions are not taken into account. Hunters may also travel to areas away from home, where they may not be familiar with local weather. Safety concerns should include proper hydration for hot or cold weather, wearing proper clothing for expected and unforeseen weather, proper nutrition, and awareness of any existing health conditions or treatment of injuries.
Hot or cold weather increases the need for proper hydration, which includes water or electrolyte beverages to prevent dehydration. Along with readily accessible drinking water, options might include purification tablets, equipment to boil water or snow for drinking