How to Prepare for the Risks of Backcountry Hunting

The risks of a field hunt include all the normal risks associated with a typical hunt, and many more. These risks are compounded by the physical distance that separates you from emergency assistance. For the unprepared hunter, a simple puncture wound can turn into a serious infection.

A burn from an overturned pot of boiling water can lead to severe pain and an interrupted ride. A sprained or broken ankle can result in an expensive helicopter evacuation. It is impossible to make a plan for every type of emergency you may encounter, as even the most imaginative person would never think of all of them. Rather, you should assume a general attitude of caution and preparedness, and maintain a flexible security plan that can evolve with the situation.

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