Whether you are an experienced bow hunter or complete novice, remembering to exercise caution and safety habits is incredibly important. Bow hunting can be an incredibly satisfying and rewarding sport, but at the same time can have dire consequences if you are not careful. It's important to keep a few things in mind so that you are assured an enjoyable experience when out on the hunt.
The first thing you need to consider before you even step out your front door is to make sure your equipment has been properly stored and looked after. A bow that is in poor condition from improper care runs the risk of not only being inefficient, but also of misfiring or even blowing up. When storing your equipment, keep it somewhere away from extreme temperatures or humidity. You might even want to leave it out the night before if you're hunting in cool conditions. Also be sure to take a good look at your string for any fraying. Although a snapped string may usually only cause minor welts and bruises, it will save you a lot of hassle and pain if you change it before you go out.
The next thing you will want to do is make sure you have a quiver to carry your arrows in, and that it is sturdy and covers the entire head of the broadhead tips. Be sure the bottom of the quiver is in good shape, because if the broadhead can work itself through one of the seams, even a little, it has the potential to injure someone. If there is a bit of wear and tear, one way to compensate is to place a sheet of metal on the bottom covered by soft sponge to prevent the arrows from clanging against each other.
As with any outdoor sport or endeavor, make sure you carry a first aid kit with you. You can find a small, carry-size kit from most drug stores that will include all the necessary items for a day trip like bandages, gauze, tweezers, aspirin and hydrogen peroxide. You might also want to consider bringing a survival kit. Remember to always take plenty of water, and use sunscreen and bug repellent.
When you're out bow hunting, normally you will have to be fairly close to your target to get an effective shot, so there is really no excuse to mistake another hunter for game. However, it does sometimes happen, especially in the early or late hours of the day, so be sure to exercise extreme caution and judgment when lining up your shot. If you have any doubts about your target, don't shoot until you have complete confidence in what you're aiming at.
It is really important to practice all of these techniques while bow hunting to reduce your risk of injury to yourself and others. It's important to remember also that not all injuries happen on the field. It is just as common for someone to hurt themselves while working with the equipment, so exercise care with every aspect of hunting. It the end, just make sure you use common sense and care so that you can enjoy the most of your hunting experience.