Camping and hunting is something that families have love to do together for decades now. It’s fun, productive, and most families spend quality time together during the experience. You, of course, are already up on your gun safety rules, if you are out there with your family camping and hunting, but are you up on the safety tips for dealing with wild animals during your hunt? If not, then read on below for a few safety tips ranging from keeping tabs on your dog to protecting your family should wild animals attack in the middle of your hunting and camping experience.
Keep Tabs on Your Dog
Whether you have one hunting dog with you or 20, you need to keep tabs on them, especially if you are hunting and camping in an area where dangerous, wild animals have been spotted. Of course, you can’t keep an eye on your hunting dogs every moment of the trip, so why not purchase the Garmin Astro 430 Dog Collar to take care of the tracking for you. With the Garmin, you are able to track your dog within 2.5 seconds of him going missing. After all, time could be of the essence in an area where wild animals roam.
Keep Your Camp Clean
If you are camping while on your family hunt, then keeping your camp clean is extremely important. Make sure that you wash all utensils as soon as you use them to ensure no smell lingers and never leave food open, instead seal it in air-tight containers and put it in bear-proof containers or put it on bear wires that are quite a bit away from your sleeping area.
Make sure that you or the children never take food into your tents and never go to sleep in the clothes that you cooked in. Animals have a keen sense of smell and they will come into that tent after food.
Remove Pet Food from the Area
It may be tempting to keep your hunting dog’s food right at the campsite, but this is a dangerous thing to do. The food can not only attract bears, but it will attract local wildlife, such as deer, squirrels, and raccoons to the smell. Once those small furry creatures are in your campsite, they are prime bait for the cougars that hunt them, and they won’t know the difference between the furry prey and you, nor will they care.
Learn to Recognize the Signs
If you are hunting in bear country, it’s always best to hunt with others, as bears are less likely to attack a group of people. It’s also important to know the signs that a bear is in, or has recently been in the area. Those signs are listed below.
- Fresh bear tracks
- Flipped rocks
- Torn and shredded logs
- Clawed trees
Use Good Old-Fashioned Common Sense
The best defense against a wild animal attack is using good old-fashioned common sense. Don’t mess with the cubs of bears, don’t let your hunting dogs nip at, bark at, or charge a wild animal, and never, ever feed small furry creatures that can bring cougars into your campsite on the prowl.
These are just a few of the safety tips that you can use to protect you and your family on a hunting and camping trip. You know the safety rules for guns and surviving if you get lost or stranded. That’s great, but don’t forget there are wild animals that will attack out there, and you are in their home, not the other way around. Happy Hunting!