Despite being a favourite pastime, hunting is full of dangers. Every year, people are injured and sometimes even killed due to hunting accidents. Often these could have been prevented if the correct safety procedures were carried out.
Every hunter takes on a large amount of responsibility for their own safety and that of those around them. It is essential that they follow national and local rules/regulations. They must also have a fair amount of common sense.
However, it is not just the hunters who should act responsibly. Everyone travelling through areas where hunts take place should also be on alert. It might seem unfair that those who do not hunt still have to act a certain way because of it. However, staying safe can save lives.
Safety For Hunters
They should always follow standard practices when it comes to handling firearms. Every gun must definitely be treated as if it is loaded. Hunters should only aim at something which they intend to shoot. The finger needs to be kept off the trigger until the target is in the line of sights. As well as clearly identifying the target, a safe hunter will also be aware of what is behind it. These rules will prevent any mishaps from happening when it comes to the time to shoot an animal.
Safety For Non-Hunters
Non-hunters should avoid wearing any colours and patterns which happen to blend into their surroundings. Earth tones, camouflage and dark clothing, in particular, are dangerous to wear while in hunting areas. It is standard practice to wear bright vests and hats in vivid orange instead, or red or green. If a shot is heard close by, then it is a smart idea to make others aware of you. This can be done by creating a loud noise such as singing, whistling or talking at a high volume.