Posted: Sep 19, 2012 12:30 PM by Chet Layman - MTN News
Updated: Sep 19, 2012 12:34 PM
Cooler temperatures and chilly nights can only mean one thing- hunting season is upon us.
While many are already beating the bushes, the general hunting season is still a few weeks away. Reporter Chet Layman learned about some tips to help make sure search and rescue doesn't haven't to be a part of your season.
What hunter wouldn't want to see game on the next visit to hunt camp? Most hunters this year will go to their favorite spot, hunt and return home without a problem. However some will require the help of Gallatin County Search and Rescue.
Be aware that they need to have a plan when they head to the woods to hunt this fall and they need to communicate with their friends and family about where they're headed. that way when we're off to look for them we know where to find them," advised Lt. Jake Wagner with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.
Some think a cell phone is the saving answer, and while a quick text of call can be a lifesaver, a little planning for the worst can still be the best bet.
You know it makes sense to carry that phone but, be aware where you're at at all times and have a plan. Pack for the overnight in case you get stuck there and if you are stuck, stay where you're at until we can come find you, don't keep roaming around," Wagner said.
You should also tell someone where you're going, plan for changes in weather and cut your losses and sit still if you get lost. Those three tips can save hours of cold or worse. They can also help prevent a tough day of work the next day.
"Certainly planning is the way to go to avoid even having us find you. It's a little embarrassing when you have to tell your co-workers we came found you over the weekend," Wagner concluded.
Wagner says it's important to not only tell someone where you're going, but to stick to the plan. Last minute changes could mean hours of waiting while Search and Rescue tries to find you.