Originally Posted by Redtail
Just because it's less likely doesn't mean it's unwise to take precautions. Lots of things fall into that category.
True, but my point is you shouldn't feel unsafe, not that it isn't unwise to take precautions. In 2004 Texas issued over 1,091,000 hunting licesnses, there were 4 hunting related fatalities, 2 were self inflicted, and of the remaining 2 only one involved a victim walking up on a hunter that wasn't with the hunter in the first place. The last one was shot when both hunters were climbing a ladder stand with a loaded rifle.
So my point is, we don't need to feel unsafe during hunting season. If you do, use Blaze Orange (it's probably a good idea anyway), but I don't, because I don't feel that the threat is high enough to warrant a change in my gear.
Why is it that each time hunting is brought up it's followed by some hyper-defensive post that all hunters are not drunken rednecks? I have yet to see a post even remotely suggesting so. He's just asking if he should switch a orange tarp during the season. Lighten up.
It's called sterotyping and all of us do it. It isn't politicaly correct to talk about it, but it still happens, and like it or not (not) the sterotypical hunter is a drunk, armed redneck without a clue. And I am hyper-defensive about all of my pursuits, being a Christian, rock climber, hammocker, hiker, cyclist, LNT whatever. And I don't think I was hyper
-defensive, I was jusy trying to educate and be informative.
With a total accident percentage of .0027% I feel safe enough to hammock with my regular set up.
2004 Texas Hunting Related Accident Summary