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The Wild Hunt: Tips for New Hunters
The great thing about Thanksgiving is that we don’t really have to go hunting for our food anymore. Rather than track a turkey all day, we can head down to the supermarket and pick one up. Hunting these days is all about enjoying the outdoors and connecting with the world around us.
With hunting season upon us, many hunters are gearing up to head into the wild with their friends and family for sport. While hunting can be a great and fun activity, it doesn’t mean we should treat it lightly. Given what’s used used and being out in unpredictable environments, planning a safe hunting trip is critical for enjoyment. What should you keep in mind?
Locked and Loaded
When it comes to hunting safety, the top priority is proper firearm safety. Even if you’re hunting with a bow or crossbow, basic firearm safety is critical in avoiding accidents. This involves always assuming that a gun is loaded, always pointing the muzzle in a safe direction away from people and proper trigger discipline, namely keeping your finger OFF of the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
When getting ready to take a shot, know your surroundings. Make sure to know what’s in front of and behind your target. If you can’t see behind your target, DO NOT take the shot. Unlike a firing range, being out in the wild means that anything could be out there and it’s important to acknowledge that.
Now this may be a little counterintuitive, but this is more for other people than for the animals. Try and be alert of other hunters and outdoorsmen while hunting and always alert them of your location. Avoiding contact may lead to walking into lines of fire and other accidents.
Practice Makes Perfect
This should go without saying, but it’s dangerous to go alone. An inexperienced hunter should always have a guide and never hunt alone. Like any other skill, practice to fully understand the environment around you and learn the capabilities of your weapon. An inexperienced hunter is not only a risk to themselves, but to everyone around him/her.
Be Smart and Plan Ahead with Us
At Shepard Walton King, we specialize in planning ahead. Like a good hunter, we know the environment and have a backup plan for almost any situation. That philosophy means the policies we find are tailored to you and your family and will be ready to help you. If you would like to learn more about we can offer, and to get a free quote, get in touch with us or call 800.446.2471.