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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

The very mention of snakes can cause even the bravest outdoorsman to shudder in fear.  While snakes do represent a legitimate concern, snakebite is relatively rare in the US and the total number of annual deaths is a fraction of the number caused by automobile accidents, bees or lightning strikes.  (Johnson & McGarrity, 2013) (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013)  By learning the facts, and understanding a few basic safety principles, you can greatly reduce the odds of receiving a bite and increase your chances of avoiding serious ramifications in the event of a bite.

Seasonal Concerns
Snakes are ectothermic animals that are not active at cold temperatures.  Instead, snakes retire to burrows, dens or tree hollows when the mercury drops too low.  If the temperatures are below about 50 degrees the odds of seeing a snake above ground are very low.  Hunters seeking gobblers in the spring or fall, or predators and prairie dogs in the summer are the most likely to encounter snakes.

Species of Concern
Only two types of

Experienced hunters know that you have to hunt each type of deer differently if you hope to be successful.  While there is a specific way to hunt bucks, as nearly all of them share the same characteristics regarding movement, old, mature bucks need to be hunted slightly differently or you might not ever see them again.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that old bucks are old for a reason.  Simply put, they're smart.  If they've lived this long without another hunter taking them down, then they obviously know how to avoid most hunters.  Fortunately, this just adds to the challenge and the thrill of hunting an old buck.

Below are a few of the reasons why old bucks got to be so old.  Understanding these is the key to tracking down a smart buck on your next hunting trip.

Response to Hunting Pressure

Deer catch on surprisingly quickly to hunting pressure.  Studies have shown that deer that spend the majority of their time in open fields before hunting season, quickly learn to only visit these areas at night once hunting season begins. 

Have you been searching for new ways to spend quality time with your kids?  Do you feel like you're constantly under pressure at work and don't have the energy to devote to your family?  Does it seem like everyone is too busy to just hang out with each other?  What's a family to do?  Unfortunately, many families feel like they're too busy to actually work on developing their relationships with one another.  This can lead to feelings of remorse, frustration, and even anxiety.  If you're worried that your children don't feel loved or that they aren't getting enough attention, it's time to take a family vacation.  There are a variety of reasons that a hunting trip can offer a great way to get to know your family on a deeper level.

First, a hunting trip means that you won't have any distractions.  If your kids are addicted to video games or your spouse tends to spend too much time online, getting away from the world around you can offer a fantastic way to unwind and relax.  When you're in the woods, you'll leave the cell phones and consoles behind and simply focus on each other.