Backcountry Safety Gear

Posted by: Brady Miller on May 20, 2013
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We all hunt the backcountry for various reasons…the scenery, the solitude, less pressured game, and the ability to say you were successful in such a rugged area. Whatever the reason may be, be mindful that the same terrain you love to hunt can also turn on you in an instant.  Make no ifs, ands, or buts about it…hunting the backcountry is tough, and weather conditions can go from calm to extreme in a hurry; which could easily put you in a life threatening situation.  Safety in the backcountry is extremely important, and it all starts before you head out on a hunt by preparing properly for one thing…… the unexpected.


The backcountry may be beautiful, but the moment you turn your back on it or let your guard down.....could be your last. Prepare accordingly.

However, with the advancement in today’s technology, being safe is becoming even easier. Long gone are the days when a compass and map are your main tools, as equipment options have changed drastically. Take the necessary steps to research and test each piece of gear you bring on the hunt, and you and your family will have peace of mind knowing that you are equipped to survive whatever Mother Nature throws at you. We owe it to ourselves and our families to hunt hard and return from the trip safely with lots of stories and photos to share. Besides, for the main backcountry equipment like a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, stove, and food…survival/safety gear can come in many different forms.  Let’s take a closer look at what is available.


The Author (pictured here) has spent many hours in the backcountry and has learned firsthand how to stay safe and prepared.

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Brady Miller

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6 Comments on "Backcountry Safety Gear"

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Brady, How much does that tent weigh? And, Why do you canry sutures? Do you know how to suture? Why not super glue, or second skin? A tourniquet could actually save your life--Do you have a way to make one and do you know how? Thanks for the info...
Posted by Karl on 5/20/2013 10:27:20 PM
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Karl, Thanks for the comments! I have forwarded your questions to Brady and he should follow up with you soon.
Posted by Steve Flores on 5/22/2013 8:13:44 AM
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An excellent and informative article. I understand most of what was mentioned, but I do not know what Vaseline covered cotton balls are for. Could you please elaborate? Thank you!
Posted by Marc on 5/22/2013 11:15:19 PM
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They are great for starting a fire. Burn slowly.
Posted by Steve Flores on 5/23/2013 7:16:50 AM
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Thanks for the comments, Karl. That tent weighs in at 47.6 oz. There are a few that are lighter on the market now, but I have had it for quite a few years now and it still performs great. I carry sutures for those extreme situations. I hunt a lot deep in the backcountry…if I was injured badly or someone else, it would be a great peace of mind knowing I had some extreme type medical gear item with me. Tying up a wound in the backcountry might not be the cleanest thing…but it could save someone’s life in that case where the satellite messenger failed to work. I carry sutures because I have been trained how to use them, and routinely use them for work. So if you do not know how to use them, it might be best to leave them at home. I am very fortunate to have a job that also takes me deep in the backcountry on work trips here in Montana…so I have seen my fair share of injuries. The only reason I don’t personally carry superglue right now is that I was left with nasty skin irritation a
Posted by Brady Miller on 5/25/2013 11:07:25 PM
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Good afternoon, I am involved with helping a 9 year old local boy raise money to send care packages. Dawson Lee has been doing this for 3 years and this year he has a goal of sending 100 boxes. We will be holding a Bow Shoot at Eagle Valley Sproting Goods in Beech Creek PA. We are looking for people to help with donations so we can use them for prizes and for a raffle. Would you company be willing to help us out? Please let me know what kind of information I would need to send for a formal request. Thank you, -- Amy Marcum
Posted by Amy Marcum on 5/27/2013 12:55:42 PM

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