The season is upon us again when the hunters take to the backcountry to hunt; some with bows, some with rifles and some with knives, whatever the tool the outcome will be the same. Here’s the thing, no matter how one regards this practice, it is a time honored tradition; one which allowed our forefathers to live and thrive in this country.
It is however, one which requires some skill and certainly safety. The hunter must observe all the safety procedures and wear appropriate clothing. And should there be a dog along, please be sure they also wear a bright orange vest. No matter the target of the venture into the back country, be a professional hunter and act accordingly. Have a license, stay close to the laws of your particular quarry. Do not leave an animal mimed or hurt, this is not the intent of hunting. Use the entire animal, don’t just take the trophy, if the meat is unwanted, give it to a local food bank, church or neighbor.
Be prepared to protect dog, after all if there as a part of the hunting trip, this animal is as important as the quarry. Don’t allow them so far ahead that they have no support if they come across prey. Train them appropriately and reinforce this training every day. That will keep them and possibly you alive. Make sure to check the pads of the dog every night or during the day if a limp develops. Check them over for ticks every night as well and if the dog is one with a “full mat” of a coat, take them to the vet to be checked upon return from hunting. Left unattended ticks can make dogs very ill. www.dogsandticks.com