Gearing Up for Safety
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 (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Familiarize yourself with the contents of your first-aid kit, and look through the emergency procedures booklet supplied with most kits.
- 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.