Top 10 Safety Tips for Outdoor Recreation

NH Fish and Game Conservation Officer Glen Lucas April 18. 2017 3:58PM
NH Fish and Game Conservation Officer Glen Lucas, featured on “North Woods Law: New Hampshire” television show. (Courtesy)

From NH Fish and Game Conservation Officer Glen Lucas, featured on “North Woods Law: New Hampshire” television show.


  1. Always bring a reliable head lamp when you go hiking; visit www.hikesafe.com for 10 essential items to bring on a hike.

  2. Before heading out on a hike, leave an itinerary with a friend or family member.

  3. While hiking, fishing or hunting, do not leave valuables behind in your car, or they may become an easy target for thieves.

  4. Use caution around flowing waterways; remember that water levels on rivers and streams may rise suddenly.

  5. Always wear an approved flotation device when venturing out in a canoe, kayak or boat. (Although it is not mandated by law for adults to wear one, it is a good safety practice and all our CO's do whenever on the water.)

  6. While smart phones are useful devices, do not rely on them to call for help or serve as a flashlight. Have a back-up plan.

  7. Everyone should wear a helmet and eye protection when riding any Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV), even UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle)/side-by-sides.

  8. Big game and small game hunters should always wear an article of blaze orange clothing. Turkey hunters should wear hunter orange when moving from one location to another and when set up at a calling location.

  9. Store firearms and ammunition separately and securely, and always fully unload your firearm when in a car, OHRV, boat or snowmobile.

  10. Do not venture out onto the ice before personally testing it to make sure it is safe.



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