Would you know what to do if your hunting partner had a serious injury and was losing blood fast? A bleeding wound is deemed “serious” if the rate and level of blood loss are potentially life-threatening. This type of wound could be the result of a gunshot, animal attack, or motor-vehicle accident. The wound itself could be a deep laceration or cash, an impalement, or the partial or full severing of a limb or appendage. These are ghastly things to see or experience, but they […]
Think you don’t have to be prepared to survive just because you’re hunting with a guide? That can be a dangerous assumption. When the wind picked up late in the day and snow began falling heavily in Montana’s Gallatin Mountains, my friend Chris wasn’t worried. Not at first, anyway. His hunting guide said, “We’d better head back to camp. This storm could get hairy.” An hour later the snow was blowing sideways and visibility was dose to nil. Chris countered his growing nervousness with a […]
What is the most common type of outdoor injury, aside from minor skin wounds? According to the people who quantify such things, damage to the “musculoskeletal system” accounts for 70 to 80 percent of the injuries suffered in wilderness settings. Translated into ordinary language, this means strains, strains, bone fractures, and joint dislocations. Most of us have experienced some or all of these maladies firsthand–or first wrist, foot, knee, elbow, etc. These “extremity” (arm or leg) injuries are not only painful, they often raise some […]
Not every successful deer hunt takes place from a tree stand. Here’s how to level your playing field Not every hunting situation or location lends itself to shooting deer from a high, distant perch. In fact, pursuing deer from the ground, on their level, can add an entirely new adrenaline rush to bowhunting. But there’s a right way and wrong way to find success from a blind. Here are a few things to keep in mind prior to your next zippered hunt.
9 percent of hunters are women, which, according to my trusty calculator, translates to 1.25 million hunters who have guns that may or may not fit them properly. Some women get by quite nicely with about any shotgun, and my wife, Phyllis, is one of them. Well, almost, anyhow. She can handle the dimensions of most factory stocks, but like most women, her upper-body strength is not as great as a typical man’s, so some guns are too heavy. Phyllis is strong enough to carry […]
After reviewing and testing this year’s incredible selection of quality, lightweight, and surprisingly the best hunting boots, I can promise you that footwear manufacturers have really got their stuff together. Here are some models I have tried and would recommend. It has been said that feet are the most misunderstood, neglected, and abused part of the human anatomy. Adventure writer Jack London once said, “It’s because they are so far from the heart.” Maybe so, but our feet still take us where our hearts want to […]