Be Ready When Things Go Wrong
As with any sport, there is a risk of danger when you’re facing the outdoors prepared for a day or more of hunting. While preparation can go a long way, there is always the possibility of an unexpected circumstance changing the entire course of your outdoor adventure. There’s nothing you can do to eliminate these possibilities, but you can make yourself prepared for survival when things go wrong, and these tips can help you get started.
Come Prepared With Survival Equipment
You don’t have to carry it wherever you go during the trip, but it’s a good idea to come prepared with basic survival gear, especially if your trip will be lasting several days. Long trips can prove especially dangerous if friends and family aren’t expecting you back home anytime soon. The following checklist should be examined and carefully considered as you plan your next hunting trip:
- Survival machetes to be used for:
- Opening packages
- Creating weapons
- Building emergency shelter
- Cutting cloth and other material to be used as bandages
- Cordage for:
- Lasing poles
- Tent repair
- Making splints for broken bones
- Building emergency shelter
- A toque to keep you warm during the cooler evening hours
- A water bottle with filter
- Pepper spray
- Meals ready to eat to last at least one week
- Signaling equipment such as flashlights and whistles in case you are unable to attain a cell phone signal
Standing Your Ground
When you’re left to fend for yourself in the great outdoors, you run the risk of an encounter with a wild animal such as a bear. When this happens, we naturally would tend to panic and run. However, once the animal senses your fear, they will often pursue you, and the danger increases. Various species react differently to human behaviors. In the event you encounter not-so-friendly wildlife, you should:
- Assume an aggressive stance such as putting your arms above your head for mountain lions and other large cats as they prefer not to pursue prey that will fight back. Create a presence of intimidation by making loud noises or increasing your height if you have a companion you can put on your shoulders. You should also consider throwing rocks. If you have pepper spray, use it.
- If hunting in an area known for bears, use whistles and other noisemakers to scare any in the area away. If one approaches you, it’s best to play dead.
- Wolves and wild dogs see eye contact as a sign of aggression, so if you should encounter them, it’s best not to look them directly in the eye. You should also appear submissive by slumping your body and lowering your head.
Wildlife is a natural part of the outdoors, and it’s for this very reason that you’re out in the first place. However, when you find yourself in a position where your defenses are down, understanding these crucial factors can mean the difference between life and death. You can find more valuable information about safety precautions to take regarding wild animals at Parks Canda’s website.
Better Safe Than Sorry
While most hunting trips don’t result in devastating situations, the truth is that, according to the International Hunter Education Association, approximately 100 fatalities occur every year in Canada and the United States during hunting excursions. While these numbers are relatively low, the fact remains that you could find yourself a statistic if you fail to take the proper precautions. By following these useful tips, you can significantly reduce your risk and give yourself the best odds in the event that things go wrong.