Hunting Safety

Hunting Safety

It’s officially fall in New England, which means cooler temps, fall foliage, pumpkin picking, and raking leaves. It’s also when hunters start venturing into the woods.

Whether you’re a hunter or sport-shooting enthusiast here are some safety tips to keep yourself and others safe this autumn and beyond.

Safety Tips for Hunters

  • Wear Appropriate Gear
    • Wearing the appropriate clothing and gear while hunting is vital. If shooting, wear eye and ear protection. If you’re in a tree stand, consider a safety harness.
    • It’s also important to be prepared for the worst possible weather conditions. This can vary by season. Carry a spare set of dry clothing and use layering techniques to prevent moisture while retaining body warmth. Always bring rain gear!
  • Follow firearm safety practices
    • Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
    • Only point at what you plan to shoot.
    • Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
    • Before shooting, clearly identify your target and what is beyond.
  • Communicate
    • If you’re hunting with family or friends, discuss the lay of the land and understand where each person will be.
    • If you’re going into the woods alone, tell family or friends where you’re going and when you plan on getting back.
    • Consider carrying a cell phone in a waterproof plastic bag when hunting. Basic cell phone service is available in many places. If an emergency arises, you can call for help.

Safety Tips for Non-Hunters Near a Hunting Area

  • Wear Bright Clothing
    • Make sure you wear bright clothing to make yourself more visible. Avoid colors and patterns that blend into your surroundings, including whites, blacks, browns, earth tones, animal patterns, and camouflage.
    • Orange vests and hats are advisable.
  • Make Noise
    • Talk loudly (to yourself or a friend), whistle or sing-especially if you hear a shot nearby.
    • Be courteous. Once a hunter is aware of your presence, don’t make unnecessary noise to disturb wildlife.
  • Keep Pets Safe
    • If you’re accompanied by a dog, the dog should also wear hunter orange or a very visible color on a vest, leash, coat or bandana.
    • Don’t let dogs off-leash in an area that allows hunting-especially if they like to chase other animals.