Backcountry Safety Gearon May 20, 2013
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.