Tips for safe hunting

On behalf of: admin | Posted in: Wrongful Death on: Thursday, December 24, 2015

Before long, spring hunting season will be upon us and there’s no better time to go over some safe hunting tips. Hunters must keep safety at the front of their minds and plan ahead in order to return home safely.

Each year, there are some people who get lost while hunting, and unfortunately, some of these incidents do not end well. A staff sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police who is also a search and rescue specialist said, "People who engage in activities in the bush should prepare for the potential of becoming lost." Even if you are going on a short trip, make sure you take all equipment along that you will need if you become lost. Remember to stay calm and stay where you are. Here are some other tips:

— Make sure all of your equipment, such as firearms, global positioning devises, compasses and communication devices, are all in working order.

— Always be sure to tell someone where you are going, how you are getting there and when you should be back.

— Be sure to wear the appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather conditions you will likely encounter, as well as the terrain you will be in. Hunter Orange is a must and will help others see you.

— Be sure to take a first aid kit and at least a week’s worth of prescription medication in case you get lost.

— Travel slowly to fight fatigue.

— If you become lost, hypothermia can be deadly. You must stay warm and dry, so carry a waterproof container with matches.

— Carry a water supply to combat dehydration.

— The universal distress signals are three gunshots, three fires or three whistle blasts.

Following the above tips should make your hunting trips a bit safer. Should you become injured or lose a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death case. A lawyer can help by providing you with information on your legal options.

Source: The Manitoulin Expositor, "Keep safety in the forefront during the hunt," accessed Dec. 24, 2015

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