Crossbow Safety Tips
If you’re using a crossbow, then follow these safety tips.
- Maintain an effective range of 40 yards.
- Before you pull the trigger, be certain of the arrow’s hit point.
- It is risky to climb or walk with a cocked crossbow loaded with an arrow.
- Examine your target’s background visually before shooting.
- If the animal is alert or excited, refrain from shooting.
- If you have doubt about the shot or the animal you are shooting is not visible enough, do not shoot.
- Your crossbow should not be loaded or cocked when not in use.
Firearms Safety Tips
With any sort of firearm, safety is paramount.
- Handle every firearm with absolute caution whether loaded or not.
- Always examine the barrel and action to ensure that they are free of any obstructions and that the gun has ammunition of the required size.
- Never pull the trigger if you are uncertain of the target. Before you shoot, always confirm the identifying feature distinguishing your target and what lies beyond the target.
- Refrain from unnecessarily aiming a firearm at anything you come across in the woods.
- Firearms must be transported in cases to the hunting area.
- Unload guns after hunting and return them to cases for safe transportation.
- Never jump into a ditch or climb a tree with a loaded gun.
- Refrain from pulling the gun by the muzzle.
- Always lock your gun using a trigger lock.
- If you intend to use firearms in hunting, avoid consumption of alcohol or narcotic drugs.
A tree stand should be used carefully and in the right way to prevent accidental falls that can cause injuries. Tree stand accidents constitute a high percentage of hunters’ injuries in most regions of the world. When transitioning from a gadget used for climbing to a tree and vice versa, an accident is likely to happen if the hunter is not cautious. Hunter’s injuries can also be caused by a tree stand failure or incorrect installation of a newly bought stand.
Tree Stands Safety Tips
The following are some vital tree stand safety tips:
- Ensure that your tree stand is well crafted and follow the manufacturer’s directions during its installation. Also, ensure that you only climb healthy trees.
- Inspect tree stands and replace any weak and worn out part before engaging in hunting activities.
- Always use a tree stand or climbing device when climbing a tree.
- While climbing a tree, it is recommended to use a fall restraint system.
- While in a tree stand, a full body safety harness should be used as part of a fall restraint system, rather than a waist rope or belt.
- Since platforms or steps might be slippery in sleet, rain or snow, it is advisable to wear boots fitted with non-skid soles when hunting.
- Rather than carrying hunting items when climbing, use a haul line to fetch them into and out of the stand. Firearms should be unloaded and any broadhead covered while raising or lowering crossbows or firearms during the haul.
- Never hunt from a tree if you’re feeling drowsy.
- Always create awareness about your hunting plan. This can be done by giving a map to another person depicting all the areas you intend to hunt. If you’re hunting alone, leave your hunting plan in your vehicle or at your camp since rescuers might need it in the case of emergency.
- Carry a survival pack containing a cell phone, flashlight, whistle, and a first aid kit.