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Hunting is a lifestyle that can be experienced solo or with hunting partners. For those times that you’re hunting solo, it’s important to think about potential emergency scenarios and make sure you’re prepared with everything you need to hunt safely. Check out the tips below for just some of the ways you can stay safe while you hunt.

Make Sure Someone Knows

One of the easiest things you can do to ensure your safety is to let someone else know that you’re going to be out hunting before you go. If you know you’re going to be going to a remote area with little to no cell service, let your contact know exactly where you’re going and let them know that you won’t be able to answer a text or phone call immediately. Then make sure you let your contact know when you’re back from the hunt, as soon as you have service. You could even coordinate a check-in time so that your contact knows if you don’t reach out to them past a certain time, they should be concerned and send help. Having someone know your location is a vital safety precaution if you’re injured and need help.

Carry an Emergency Kit

Make sure you always have an emergency kit with you when you’re hunting. The kit should be with you in your Stump blind at all times. The kit should include basic survival necessities like a compass, a map, a flashlight, something to make a fire, and first aid supplies. If you get injured, you need to be able to buy yourself time until help comes. Pack things like liquid stitches, an emergency splint, or any first-aid items that will help you immediately. Having a map and compass will help you if you get lost. You should also make sure you have some sort of food packed away. If you get injured deep into the woods and help isn’t going to get to you for a while, you need to be able to sustain yourself. Granola bars or other healthy, protein-filled, sustainable snacks should be a vital part of every emergency kit. These basic survival tools can make all the difference in an emergency situation.

Stay Safe on the Steps

When you’re hunting from an elevated blind, it’s important to be aware that you’re raised above the ground at a distance that could potentially be harmful if you fell. Our Deck Plate, which fits with any Stump blind, has built-in features to help keep you stay safe when you’re elevated. The gripping surface on the Deck Plate is designed to eliminate slipping if it gets wet from the rain by allowing the water to run off through the grates. It’s made from heavy-duty expanded metal and gives your shoes enough traction so that you’ll be stable on the deck. It also has two handrails for extra stability and security. Our Steel Ladder also has a handrail and textured ladder steps for safety. The foot anchor plates allow you to safely anchor your ladder to the ground.

Solo hunting adventures can be very meditative and connect you to nature on a deep level. They also require an extra level of hunting safety precaution to make sure you’re prepared for any emergencies that may arise. We hope you have a safe and successful upcoming hunting season with your Stump blind.

Do you have an emergency plan when you hunt? Let us know what it is in the comments below!

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