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Creature Feature – Safety in the Woods

Posted by  //  November 22, 2021  //  Articles, Creature Feature

 

November is a great month to explore the woods, but there are some important safety precautions to follow if you plan to venture out.

Be aware of regional hunting seasons and the public lands where hunting is permitted.  Hunters may be present on private property where permission was granted.  Heading out with a companion or group helps hunters hear your approach better.  Also, stick to well-worn trails.  If you’re uncomfortable sharing the woods with hunters, find places where hunting is prohibited.  A jacket or vest and hat in blaze orange is highly visible to hunters, but red or green appear brown in low light.  Avoid wearing tan, grey or white, especially a white hat or mittens, which can resemble a deer’s tail.  Keep dogs leashed and dressed in bright colors.  

Let others know your plans and use trail logs.  Winter conditions are possible now, so check the forecast.  Dress and pack appropriately for the weather and potentially treacherous footing.  Stay off of frozen lakes, as early ice is unsafe.  To avoid getting caught in the woods after dark, know sunset times.  A headlamp/flashlight and extra batteries are essential.  A cell phone flashlight is inadequate and drains your phone’s power quickly, leaving you unable to call for help.  Pack extra water, snacks, matches, a small first-aid kit and a compass.  Should you get lost or injured, remain calm and dial 911 (text messages may go through when calls won’t).  Stay put in an open area, if possible, to help rescuers locate you.

Lastly, ticks are still active. Tuck in clothing snugly, use repellent and perform frequent checks. 

A little preparedness can go a long way towards ensuring safe adventures in the woods! 

By Margie Manthey

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