Issue 110 - Surviving the Backcountry

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

What if I told you that on your next hunt you would be injured? That you would trip and fall and severely injure yourself where your own skills, training, and mindset determined your fate? What would change right here and right now about your preparation? We can’t always predict the dangers associated with everyday accidents, but certainly that risk increases over a potentially dangerous activity such as hunting. Most wouldn’t consider hunting as dangerous; I mean how often have you gone with no significant issues or close calls? We all know the stories though, and we’ve all heard the tales of the worst-case scenario. The difference between everyday accidents and hunting accidents is that hunting alone takes preparation, with a lot of information to outline your plan. Hunting can be dangerous; according to the “inter-webs” an average of 6000 hunters every year are injured from falling out of treestands alone, and 1000 hunters are shot in hunting accidents with about a 10% fatality rate. That’s shocking! Those numbers alone should be enough to stress the overall importance of being prepared. So, let’s identify some staples of preparation that apply to hunting across the board.