Stay Injury-Free This Hunting Season
For some, hunting is a hobby, for me it’s a passion. So I can have a broken leg and still be out there hunting. But this is a nuisance, trust me I’ve done it. Many of us have trek out for at least a half-mile or a mile to get to our spot depending on wind, etc. Sometimes the terrain isn’t exactly flat. And for us to get where we want, we have to climb trees and sit 20 feet up. This is not for the weak-minded or weak-hearted. It takes skill and determination and desire. This is something that most people just don’t get about outdoorsmen. They just don’t get it.
The importance of boot choice:
THE MOST IMPORTANT part of picking out a boot is having it sized properly. There is so much emphasis placed upon the clothing, scent control and the base layers and the coveralls and the brand names that people forget that the MOST important part of your gear is what covers your feet. Hunting boots come in a plethora of styles, patterns, insulation, tread and durability.
My guy where I buy my tennis shoes is a certified pedorthist and an ABC certified fitter-orthotics. He says, “you won’t believe how many injuries begin by having less than appropriate footwear. And more than that, the wrong shape pattern for your gait.” You see everyone is different, different arches, different shape toes and tow lengths. But boots are only made in different lengths and widths. So, when I pick out my boots for the season, I am real careful. I buy my pull-on boots a half size small and I make sure to buy heavy-duty socks (Browning makes a decent pair).
FIRST AID KITS ARE ESSENTIAL
First-aid kits are essential to any camping, hunting or fishing trip. NOT having one is just plain irresponsible. First-Aid kits can help with wound clearing, compression and blood loss prevention. A good kit will contain some pain medication, a basic hunting and fishing field manual, and an accident report form. Don’t be caught without one in your truck.
This goes without saying. Eyesight is crucial for outdoorsmen. My good buddy lost partial vision in his right eye in Fallujah. You wouldn’t think its a big deal, but he can’t hardly back his truck up without hitting something nowadays. Anyone who has ever had a serious eye injury knows how important eyesight is and how much everyone takes it for granted. What’s more is for $10 you can prevent a lifelong injury by wearing safety glasses.
Ya’ll don’t become a statistic. There are about 1,000 serious injuries reported by hunters in North America each year and of that 1000, 80-90 people are killed. Serious injuries can be prevented by the smallest preparations.
Till next time…be safe!
What About You?
- Do you think that hunting is a dangerous sport?
- Should there be more government regulation on hunting safety courses?