I remember the first western hunt I went on. I was black bear hunting at about 7,000 ft. in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho. Not exactly a high-altitude hunt. But I’m a flatlander from Minnesota who hadn’t been to the mountains in years. Having spent a lot of time adventuring in the mountains growing up,
I’ll admit, after a beer or two, my perception of my own strength and toughness can get a bit inflated. But I can recall no time in my life when I’ve ever considered myself more than a would-be morsel to a 600-pound fur-covered battering ram with claws and teeth, otherwise known as a grizzly bear.
A broken ankle, arm, or leg can be painful, but when it occurs in the backcountry, far away from medical assistance or a quick ride to the hospital, it can be downright deadly. Such injuries lead to a lack of mobility, and being stranded in inhospitable wilderness can lead to a number of unfavorable outcomes.
This article will be one of a series covering first-aid kits in the field as well as how/when to use the supplies. Fishing, hunting, camping, and other outdoor activities carry an appreciable amount of risk for injury. Given the inherent risk that is always present, a properly packed medical kit may address some potential injuries
The world has gone to crazy town. There is a global pandemic on and infectious disease and public health experts are telling us we need to distance ourselves from each other to slow down the spread. Entire cities and towns are closing down. People have locked themselves away in their homes. But locking ourselves inside
Here are a few life-saving and -improving components that should be considered for every hunter’s first-aid kit. It’s not something we like to think about, but hunting—and just being in the outdoors—does come with certain risk and discomfort. Although we do our best to avoid injury, it’s better to be prepared for as many eventualities