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One precaution hunters might forget before heading out

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Being safe out while out in the woods should always be on the minds of hunters and their loved ones. With the bow season under way and the gun deer season right around the corner there might be one safety precaution that might slip your mind.

Tree stand harnesses, arrows, and guns are usually what you think about when you think hunter safety, but what about your heart?

"Me personally I do think about it about a little bit, "said hunter Will Moulton "If you've ever drug a deer out or put up a tree stand it's strenuous and you're heart gets beating and as you get older I think you pay a little more attention to that."

Those heart pumping activities can be a danger to hunters especially if they haven't been physically active in a while.

"To suddenly be out in the middle of no where and to suddenly increase your activity can lead to angina which is chest pains, to rhythm disturbances, to frankly a heart attack," said Dr. John Rozich.

Checking in with their doctor isn't something that's usually at the front of hunter's minds as they prepare to land that monster buck. But doctors encourage hunters to come in before they head out into the woods.

"You have to ask yourself is it worth having a little bit of a check before vs. Winding up in the ER or worst case scenario precipitating something that could be life threatening," said Rozich.

It's not just heart problems that can strike hunters. Sprains, strains, breaks and tears can all happen out in the field which makes having an emergency plan very important

"It's important to carry a cell phone," said Moulton "unfortunately we aren't always in an area where service is available so letting people know when you're hunting is very important so if you don't come home or don't show up at the cabin someone can come look for you."

Dr. Rozich says that common sense rules the day for hunters. He says knowing your physical limit is key to avoiding any issues the increased activity hunting brings.

Major medical problems are not the only thing hunters should prepare for. The Wisconsin DNR is also warning hunters about deer ticks and the diseases they carry since the tick population is higher this year in Wisconsin.

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