How should your firearms and equipment to be brought into a treestand? This is a common question asked by many hunters when they first go out into the wild. A good rule of thumb to follow is to ensure that whatever you use is lightweight. The weight of your equipment should be light enough for a person to carry on their back if need be. You should also ensure that the equipment is easy to carry. A step stool, a ladder stand or an easily carried box are good ideas.
When choosing how your firearms and other equipment should be transported into a treestand, most experienced hunters advise that you first put them in a field gully, a large empty box or a cardboard box upside down. This allows them to lie down flat to minimize any chance of accidental firing. The box or gully should be large enough to accommodate your entire equipment. Remember that most hunters get into trouble when they attempt to shoot game animals standing up. Gorges, streams and large fall are perfect places to practice shooting from.
The second step to safely bringing your firearms and other equipment into a hunting area is to position yourself so that your target can be easily seen. Standing tall with your shoulders squared with the target is recommended. Your goal is to have a level ground for you to use your rifle on, not elevated terrain. It is also important to remember to keep your hands behind the front of your body. This simple position will help ensure that your weapon is within easy reach when you need it.
The third step to carrying your firearm safely into a hunting area is to place the weapon in a hip-wrench holster. Holsters are extremely handy, since they make it possible to quickly put your firearm into a prone position when you are in a difficult situation such as approaching a game animal. Using a prone position will help maintain safety as you approach the animal. A hip-wrench holster allows the shooter to quickly put their weapon in a semi-prone position which will give them the edge they need to win the fight. If you are hunting large game animals, a telescopic sight may be used for fast targets such as bear or raccoon.
The fourth step to safely carrying your firearms and other equipment into a small game hunting area is to practice basic gun safety. When practicing target practice, shooting under the gun at a moving target will help develop eye coordination and stability. The position of the sights should also be considered while practicing. Always aim at the middle of the target. Also practice with a pistol to learn how to handle it properly.
Lastly, if you are going to be hunting small game, consider carrying an additional firearm. Many hunters report that carrying extra ammunition improves their safety when approaching animals. The best option would be to carry two firearms and practice with each one. This way you are assured of a safe hunt every time.