Hunting is a favorite sport of many. It combines human against nature, excitement, and of course, the thrill of the hunt. Many people enjoy the food that it can put on the table. However, hunting most often means weapons, typically guns, and therefore, in order to hunt safely, you do need to know about gun safety. If you want to have a successful hunt, you really need to understand the basic tips for avoiding injury while you are hunting. Otherwise, your next hunting trip could take a deadly turn.

In fact, one of the biggest things you can do to ensure you are safe while hunting is to know your gun. Always assume that any gun is loaded and make sure that all weapons are pointed away from you. It does not matter if you are the one holding it or not. With that, you should also assume that you should stay out of a direct firing range of anyone holding a gun.

The next most important thing you can do for yourself is always venture out into the woods with a partner. Whether you are on the ground or in a deer stand, things can always go wrong. You could stumble over a rock and break your ankle or try to load a deer and have something bad happen. A partner will give you someone to kind of watch your back.

A lot of accidents happen because of people who get caught up in the excitement of the hunt. Don’t let this be something you do. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are absolutely sure that the target you are looking at is actually the animal that you are wanting to catch. If you and others in your group are all practicing the same thing, no one will sustain injuries and you will have a great trip out.

If you are walking through the woods, hiking to your favorite spot, try to make noise. Talking to your hunting partner in a somewhat loud voice, will alert other hunters of your presence. They will wait until you have passed by before they attempt to take aim on a potential target. Admittedly, they may get upset with the noise, but for you, it is better to stay safe rather than end up sorry and when hunting, safe is always the best bet.

When planning a hunting trip, many people often try to choose nice days that are cool and comfortable for them. However, when hunting, sometimes those nice days for you may mean that you come home empty handed. This has made many hunters question whether there is a direct link between animals and certain weather conditions. The answer is a very timid, “Yes.” There is some proof that animals respond to weather situations and there is some proof that animals, especially deer, change their habits based on the weather. When asking, “What type of conditions make the best hunting days?”, the answer could be, “the days when you would rather not venture out.”

It is impossible and very expensive for scientists to consider the idea of studying when animals are most on the move. However, a lot of hunters do suggest that fronts and rains are a good time to see deer more active. They do seem to sense that the weather is about to change and they will venture out for food or other things before it hits. Basically, if you have a temperature that is just slightly cool and you have a front that is going to come in and drop temperatures, you stand a better chance of catching a deer at that time. You will also have more of a chance to see them after the front has passed and things begin to level off again. The reason, most deer and other wildlife, may hunker down when rapid temperature changes occur.

Winds can also impact whether a deer is easy to hunt or not. If you have a light breeze, you can still venture out into the wilderness and possibly catch sight of a big buck. However, if the wind is blowing hard, you may want to stay at home. Deer and other animals hear the wind and become more skittish. This makes them less likely to stay in one area for very long.

Most deer and other animals, even a farm cow who is protected, will avoid heavy rains. They may begin to hide hours before a big storm rolls in. The good news is, if you can catch them when they are still preparing for the change in weather, you have a good chance of seeing them. They will also venture out after rains, regardless of whether it was a light rain shower or a heavy downpour.