How to Safely Cross Fences While Hunting
My neighbor once reminisced about the times he first took his son hunting, and he laughed when he explained how his young Jeff was barely big enough to walk through thick cover on his Kansas Hunt.
Nevertheless, the young boy loved going along even though he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun yet. The points my neighbor never fails to impress upon me when telling these stories of thirty-some years ago are the safety lessons he passed on to his son on these early hunting trips. “Deliberate” was the word he used to describe how they approached crossing fences.
My neighbor described how they would always take their time, unload their guns and be deliberate about crossing fences with firearms safely. The adults would pass the unloaded guns across to the empty-handed adult on the other side so that everyone in the party could cross safely without holding a firearm. Whether it is a four-strand barbed wire fence, a single-wire fence or a wooden corral fence, there is no reason to hurry over fences.
If safety truly comes first in hunting, then my neighbor is a master planner: teach even the youngest among us about how to do things safely. Do it the first time and every time. For if they see the safe way to cross fences is the only way, then we are doing our part in teaching safe hunting during your Kansas Hunt.