With hunting season in full swing, it is important not to overlook the basics. Before you head out on your hunting trip, look over the 2012 Manitoba Hunting Guide for some important information about rules, regulations and guidelines for the hunting season. In the guide, you will find a wide range of information from changes in the laws, to general information about hunting on public and private land, to big game hunting regulations and even tips for handling and preparing wild meat.
In addition to reading over important material and keeping up-to-date with the latest hunting rules and regulations, before you head out, make sure you have all the necessary items to make sure your hunting trip is a safe and enjoyable one. Below you will find an outdoor travel checklist from the Manitoba Wildlife Federation
• Have a map of area and a compass- and make sure you know how to use them!
• Bring a large orange-colored plastic bag – this is useful as emergency shelter, signaling device or rainwear.
• Do not forget a flashlight and spare batteries.
• Bring extra food and water.
• Make sure you pack extra clothing – clothes for rain and wind, toque and gloves, sweater and warm pants, and proper footwear.
• Pack sun protection including sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants.
• Always have your pocket knife with you
• Remember to bring waterproof matches and/or a full lighter.
• Check weather forecasts prior to departure.
• Have a first aid kit on hand and know how to use it.
Some other things to bring: whistle, small lightweight ground insulation, projectile-type flares, tarp, space blanket, flagging tape, notebook and pencil.
Stay safe this hunting season!