Alabama Hunter Safety Course


Basic First Aid

The majority of hunters will, at one time or another, get scratched or cut from briars or fences, and may nick themselves while using a knife. Most of the time, these injuries are not life threatening and can be treated at the camp or in the field. For minor cuts and abrasions, a good first aid kit is an essential part of a hunter's equipment. A cell phone - when there is a good signal - is great for calling medical help if needed. These are the items that should be in a first aid kit:

  • Two pairs of latex gloves (or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to latex).
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
  • Cleansing agent or soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
  • Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
  • An elastic bandage.
  • Tweezers and a needle.
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain relievers.
  • Prescription medications you take every day (check expiration dates on medications).
  • Eye-wash solution to flush the eyes or as a general decontaminant.
  • First Aid handbook or guide.

Treating Minor Cuts and Abrasions

Follow these three steps when treating minor cuts and abrasions:

  1. Clean wound with soap and water.
  2. Apply antibacterial ointment.
  3. Apply a sterile dressing.

Safety first! If a cut or wound continues to bleed, use a pressure point and transport the person to a hospital or call for medical help.