Hunting 101: Stay Away From Unsafe Hunters

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When hunting season rolls around, it's time to start getting excited.  After all, what could be more enjoyable?  Not only will you get to experience the thrill of the hunt and the pleasure of catching your prey, but you'll also have the opportunity to truly relax in nature.  If you enjoy the outdoors, love to camp, and can't think of anything better than spending a few days off the grid, it's important that you take safety precautions.  Unfortunately, hunting accidents do happen, so it's up to you to ensure that you stay safe while you're in the woods.  One of the simplest ways that you can stay safe on your trip is to avoid unsafe hunters.  There are a few reasons why this is absolutely essential.

If you plan to go hunting with friends, make sure that each hunter in your group is experienced and trained.  Each person needs to have their hunting license, of course, but you also need to ensure that each hunter with you is a trained marksman.  Has each attendee in your group taken a hunter's safety course?  Does each person know and understand basic first aid techniques?  Ensure that each person in your group knows how to behave in the woods, how to handle their weapon, and how to be careful around other hunters.  Should someone get overexcited and forget to look before shooting, neglect to turn their safety off, or be overly loud in the woods, you could find yourselves in trouble.

While it may seem overwhelming to have to watch out for other hunters, the truth is that fellow hunters can be incredibly dangerous.  Whether or not someone has been hunting before, it can be easy to get overexcited.  If this happens, a hunter may not be as alert as he needs to be.  Similarly, he may not be as aware of other hunters as he ought to be.  If you feel concerned about a certain hunter's behavior when you embark on your journey, don't be embarrassed or afraid to keep your distance.  While you may worry that this seems like a socially inappropriate thing to do, the truth is that you need to take your safety and the safety of your family very seriously when you go hunting.  Even if this means distancing yourself from fellow hunters in your group, understand that your own safety absolutely must come before the joy of companionship.

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