Saskatchewan Hunter Safety Course


Medical Emergencies in the Field

Hunters should know how to deal with the following medical emergencies should they occur while in the field.


Shock is a state of profound depression of the vital functions of the body. It can be caused by any serious injury. A person experiencing shock will be pale and have cool, clammy skin. Their pulse will be weak and rapid, and they may exhibit confused behavior, anxiety or excitedness. You can do any or all of the following to help the person in a state of shock, but most of all, seek medical help as quickly as possible.

  • Check for all injuries and conditions.
  • Have the person lie down.
  • Maintain their body temperature.
  • Elevate their feet.
  • Seek medical help.

Snake Bites

Snakes are more active during warm weather. If you are bitten by a snake, the best thing to do is sit down and stay calm. Try to identify the snake - not all snakes are poisonous. Apply a cold pack to the bite if possible, and seek medical assistance immediately.