The air is cooling, the fall crispness has arrived, and in this season of harvest moons and Halloween preparations, all good men inevitably start to think of hunting.
If you haven’t used your weapon in a few months, now is the time to give it a solid clean and oiling. You don’t want to be doing that in the field, when the game is waiting for you!
It goes without saying that cleaning the weapon is a time for precision and caution. Too many accidents happen because someone falsely assumes a weapon is not loaded. Treat all guns as though they are loaded, until you have personally verified the barrel is empty.
Check the ammo is still good. If you have stored it well, you should have no problems, but if you’re not careful about using it in a timely manner, you might have a few older shells in your store. A bit of corrosion, and you can have a nasty surprise in the making.
Then you are ready to head out into the field!
Make sure you have good quality gear – waterproof, warm clothing, and good quality camping equipment if you’re going out for a few days. It’s ironic to make all the effort to ensure the safety of your weapon, only to suffer from exposure or hypothermia.
Take plenty of water. It’s tempting to cut down on hydration if you’re waiting in a hide, because, well, who wants to have to go out for a pee? The truth is that dehydration reduces your attentiveness and accuracy, so it’s better to take a few more trips to the trees.
Protective gear is a must if you are moving around in a hunting zone. There are always a few guys every year who are winged by “friendly fire”. Get a good safety vest to cover your vital areas – you can find reviews of all the top models at http://www.platecarrierzone.com.
There’s no need to go too high-tech with protective gear. That said, it’s a heck of a lot easier to move around in something lightweight, like Kevlar. It’s also a heck of a lot pricier, too.
The thing is, you want to be coming home with your prize strapped to your SUV, not in an ambulance. It’s easy to forget the simply basics of hunting safety, but a stitch in time really does save nine – and even save lives.