Tips for safe hunting experience
The Mountain Safety Council has prepared six practical tips for a safe hunting on the mountain.
Choose light clothes that protect against wind and moisture, and that breath when you get hot. The clothes should be able to be worn in several layers to easily be adjusted to the weather and wind. Take with at least one change of clothes and do not forget first aid items. Provisions for a few extra days may be needed if you are forced to find shelter from the weather and stay longer than planned.
It is important that somebody knows about your planned route and when you expect to come back. Tell a friend, relative or somebody else who can sound the alarm if you were not to return as planned.
The weather can change quickly in the mountains. Study local and current weather forecasts over the radio or SMHI’s website or another weather service. Always respect issued mountain weather warnings.
Never set out in unknown mountain terrain in tight fog or bad weather. Avoid terrain in danger of avalanches and think again before wading over fast flowing bodies of water where the water reaches above the knees. There are thousands of kilometres of marked trails in the mountains, with distance markers, wind shelters and assistance phones that may be of major help if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Along some trails, there are also overnight cabins.
Be sure to bring a map that is up-to-date. A compass is mainly needed off marked trails and is extra valuable in poor visibility. Feel free to use GPS, but remember that batteries discharge quickly when it is cold.
Hunters and others who often spend time in the mountains can provide important information. Contact them and ask questions about the choice of routes, water level, bridges and other information that facilitates your planning. There are local mountain safety committees with extensive knowledge of the mountains in their local areas.