Practice Safety and Survival Around Vehicles
Hunters use a variety of vehicles for hunting. Boats, bicycles, off-road vehicles, pick-up trucks, campers, and recreational vehicles are often found in or around hunting camps. Unfortunately, some hunters forget the special safety precautions that apply to these vehicles.
Rough weather or a snag in a river can quickly capsize a boat. Everybody in a boat should wear a personal flotation device (PFD) as long as they remain on the water. You may be a great swimmer, but a dunk in frigid water will leave you numb in moments. Wearing a PFD could mean the difference between life and death.
Mountain bikes and three- and four-wheeled vehicles are now commonly found in the woods. All riders should wear a helmet to protect themselves in the event of a fall. Never carry a loaded firearm while riding!
Many hunters use pick-up trucks, campers, or recreational vehicles as part of their base camp. Sometimes hunters use their vehicles to fight off the fall chill, but they forget that a faulty exhaust or heating system can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning…and death. Make sure that your hunting vehicle is in good repair and that you always have proper ventilation when using heating systems.