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In addition to having clothing that is appropriate for the weather and terrain you'll encounter, it's essential that you carry a well-equipped first-aid kit and a survival kit. Knowing how to use these kits is equally important.

Every hunter should take courses in first aid and CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation). Familiarize yourself with the contents of your first-aid kit, and look through the emergency procedures booklet supplied with most kits.

Hunter using CPR to help injured companion
  • Make sure the kit is stocked to deal with serious accidents such as major bleeding caused by a cut from a broadhead or hunting knife. You can be ready for these situations by adding a couple of items such as a large dressing pad, sanitary napkin, and triangular bandage.
  • The kit should be personalized for your specific needs by including emergency doses of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications you use regularly. Be aware of any side effects from these drugs that could impair your vision or other senses.

Discuss Safety Issues With Hunting Companions

In a pre-hunt meeting with your hunting companions, discuss first aid, CPR, and other emergency plans to make sure everyone knows what is expected. This pre-hunt discussion accomplishes three things.

  • It mentally prepares everyone for accidents, which hopefully will never occur.
  • Each individual will know what the group will do if he or she is injured.
  • It determines who has been trained recently in first aid or CPR.