Gun deer season is just around the corner and, for many deer hunters, preparations for the big hunt are well underway! Their food plots are set, their guns have been sighted and their blaze orange has been laid out. They’ve scoped out the woods and checked their trail cams, but few think about their health before heading out to the woods.
Here are some tips for staying healthy and safe during this year’s hunt:
Schedule a physical today
Hunters walk long distances, climb trees, navigate rough terrain and drag their trophy bucks out of the woods. All of these activities can put a strain your heart and take a toll on your body. Be sure to schedule a physical with your primary care physician before taking to the woods to ensure you are in good physical condition. Find a doctor near you
Practice tree stand safety
Tree stand mishaps are the No. 1 cause of death and injury during deer hunting. Be sure to wear a full body harness when you are in your tree stand. Stay connected from the time your feet leave the ground to the time they touch it, and encourage fellow hunters to practice these safety measures as well.
Remember your basic hunter’s safety rules and make sure you’re wearing your blaze orange. With this type of preparation, it’s sure to be a safe and successful hunt. Good luck out there!
Protect your hearing
The shot of a rifle or shotgun is approximately 140 decibels, which is the equivalent of standing next to a jet engine. Sounds at this noise level can cause instant and permanent hearing loss. The only way to prevent hearing damage while hunting is to wear hearing protection. Custom-fit hearing protection
works best, as it is individually molded to each ear, providing a more effective barrier against rifle and shotgun sounds. Custom-fit hearing protection is available for both adults and children at Prevea Audiology locations