Huntershield Hunting

Hunting is about more than filling freezers. It’s about the vivid sunrises and stark sunsets; it’s about fields smelling of wheat and woods scented like pine. Of course, you need to be set up to chase game and predators to get the full experience. Whether you’ve considered hunting or are a seasoned sportsman, we’re here to help. Consider this your hunting primer.

What do you need to hunt?

A successful hunt benefits from specific gear. You can’t hunt without a rifle or bow, but there are other items to consider, such as:

  • Camouflage clothing/hat
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Warm boot socks and wicking liners
  • Gloves
  • Ear protection
  • Eye protection
  • Backpack
  • Binoculars
  • Rangefinder
  • Shooting sticks, if needed to support your gun
  • Field-dressing knife
  • Game meat sacks, if hunting far from vehicle
  • A portable device designed to keep mosquitoes away, such as a Thermacell
  • Blaze orange vest or hat (following any square-inch quantity regulations for that state)
  • Hunting license
  • Snacks (of course)
  • U.S. LawShield® HunterShield coverage

Adjust your gear according to the location and weather where you’re hunting. Also, keep in mind necessary gear and regulations change with the game, predator or varmint you’re chasing.

How do you stay safe hunting?

Tell at least one person where and when you intend to hunt. That way, someone’s aware where to begin looking if you fail to return as expected. Other helpful preparations include putting your blood type on your boots, carrying a tourniquet and being familiar with all local hunting regulations. You should also consider adding HunterShield to your U.S. LawShield membership.

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What is HunterShield?

The HunterShield add-on is designed for hunters—including firearm and bowhunters—to help navigate wildlife laws and related issues. Consider self-defense and hunting coverage as part of your hunting gear. Unintentional hunting violations can cost thousands of dollars and cause you to lose your hunting privileges. That’s where U.S. LawShield comes in.

Membership in HunterShield covers unintentional wildlife law violations. Depending on the issue, the offense might be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. Although penalties vary by state, possible legal repercussions include:

  • Up to $10,000 fine
  • Jail time
  • Automatic suspension or revocation of hunting license
  • Forfeit of all hunting gear, including firearms, used during the violation
  • Civil restitution to your department of natural resources or other wildlife governing body
  • $100 hunting license reinstatement fee after the end of the suspension period

Having access to attorneys experienced with wildlife law can prepare you for situations involving lesser-known laws. It’s easier than you might think to violate a trespassing law by crossing a property line without realizing it. In fact, did you know if you shoot a deer on your land and it crosses onto someone else’s property before dying, you shouldn’t just wander over and get it? There are ins and outs to laws and regulations you should know. That’s why there’s also a helpline available where members can get their questions answered. It pays to be prepared.

Does self-defense matter while hunting?

Yes, self-defense is an issue during a hunt. It’s easy to think you’re safe from threats in the great outdoors, but it isn’t true. You should be prepared to defend yourself from an immediate, credible threat, but that means knowing the laws related to self-defense while hunting. The U.S. LawShield Legal Defense for Self Defense® Program can help with that, too.

What do you really need to start hunting?

You can go hunting with nothing but the clothes on your back, a rifle or bow and a valid hunting license. It doesn’t have to be complicated or involve fancy gear. There’s nothing quite like spending time in the fields and woods, enjoying the quiet and watching wildlife.

As hunters, we know it’s not just about a great pot of venison chili or dropping the biggest buck of your life. Hunting is about peace and recharging your internal batteries. Consider getting extra peace of mind by making U.S. LawShield HunterShield part of your gear. Nothing should come between you and the restful stillness of nature, not even the slightest worry over unintentional violations. Check it out here.


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