With deer season finally upon us, there’s no better time for hunting enthusiasts to head out and bag some venison. However, as is the case with any type of hunting excursion, deer hunting should be done with the utmost caution. Failure to take safety into account during your hunt can result in serious injury — or worse. To reduce your risk of falling victim to an unfortunate accident, put the following tips to good use.
1. Don’t Hunt Alone
It’s in every hunter’s best interest to avoid hunting alone whenever possible. Having one or more hunting mates will ensure that you’re immediately tended to if you become injured. Additionally, the more people present, the less likely you are to get lost. South Carolinians looking for group-based SC deer hunting are sure to love the guided hunts offered by Cedar Knoll.
2. Tend to Your Equipment
If it’s been a while since your last hunt, give your hunting rifle a thorough cleaning and inspection before heading out. If you’re unclear on how to do this, take the rifle to a local firearm specialty shop. Not only will the people there perform basic maintenance for a reasonable price, they’ll educate you on how to do it unassisted.
3. Test Tree Stands for Sturdiness
Many deer hunters opt to use tree stands to give themselves a better view of the surrounding area. Keep in mind, however, that these stands have a tendency to weather with age, so before settling into your favorite tree stand, confirm that it’s perfectly sturdy and capable of supporting the combined weight everyone who intends to occupy it.
Hunters all over the country look forward to deer season all year. Unfortunately, shrugging off personal safety can put a tremendous damper on a long-awaited hunting trip. In the interest of preserving your safety — and the safety of your fellow hunters — avoid hunting alone, keep your rifle in good shape, and frequently test your tree stands for sturdiness.