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Blood-stopper for hunters

Blood-stopper for hunters

By Gary Zell

From getting careless with sharp broadheads, to field dressing deer, opening pocketknives, or straddling barbed-wire fences, there are about a million ways for hunters to cut themselves.

I bet only a small percentage of hunters carry first aid kits. Even if they do, sometimes the kits do not include something that will stop bleeding quickly.

There are several coagulating (blood-stopping) products you can find at an ordinary drug store that will fit easily into your backpack.

Personally, I prefer a product called Kwik-Stop Styptic Powder that comes in a jar and can be found in pet stores. It can be used on hunting dogs, and is also safe for humans.

Some hunters prefer styptic pens, which can stop small cuts and abrasions quickly, while others prefer Celox or other gel packs that come in a little pouch.

With so many blood-stopping products on the market, it pays to pick up a pack or jar the next time you visit a drug store or pet store.

So, add a blood-stopper to a small first aid kit. Keep it in your backpack, and you’ll be thankful for the foresight the next time you’re miles from home and cut yourself on a sharp broadhead!


Watch Your Stinky Watch!
Hunters spend a lot of money and time trying to eliminate human odor and stay scent-free. We shampoo with special soaps, dress from head-to-toe in Scent-Lok, launder our clothes with odorless detergent and hose ourselves down with scent-eliminatio...
 

Old Socks = Traveler's Sandbags
There's an old shooter's adage that still holds a lot of truth today: "You are only as good as your rest." Today, most shooting houses and ladder-type treestands are equipped with shooting rails. Many hunters have discovered that placing a sandbag on...
 

The Forgotten Gobble Call
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Looney Tunes
"You know what's going to happen," I pronounced, perhaps a little too matter-of-factly, while sliding out of my turkey vest. "Whaddya mean?" replied Robert. "Murphy's Law being what it is ..."
 

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Every year, we get photos from members who have taken great deer. Unfortunately, we can’t publish many of those photos in the magazine because, frankly, they’re not suitable.
 

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I started Bow hunting 46 years ago with wooden arrows and a longbow. Much has changed since then. One thing that hasn't changed is I still lose an arrow occasionally. When I find it weeks or months later, I'm still able to remove the field point or...
 

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In Robert Ruark's beloved outdoor classic, The Old Man and the Boy, he describes March as 'a fine month for remembering.' With the 2011 deer season gone and 2012's so far away, March is the perfect time to reflect on the highs and lows of the past...
 

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Like most hunters, I want to minimize the light I use when entering the woods in the dark. A couple of years ago I purchased those thumbtacks with the reflective tips.
 

The Best Caliber
This is a time of year when many gun hunters are looking back on the season and thinking about the “what ifs.” “What if I had gone to stand A instead of stand B?” “What if I had taken the shot sooner?”
 
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