Wilderness First Aid Course

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course

 

Wilderness First Aid Course

The SRK Greenway is proud to bring a SOLO Wilderness First Aid course on the weekend of January 20-21st, 2018. The Wilderness First Aid Course will be taught in the Curtis Ivey Science Center at the Colby Sawyer College in New London. 

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. The WFA is 16 hours long (two full days). This course is open to anyone over 16 years old. The total course cost is $165 and includes an on-campus lunch both days.

This 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course provides students with an introductory understanding to wilderness first aid. Hands-on course labs, scenarios and repetition ensure students are engaged and learning for the duration of the course. SOLO courses combine multiple styles of learning to help you learn and remember course information after the course is complete.

The SRK Greenway is excited to bring this class to the community. This is a great program for anyone who regularly enjoys the outdoors and would like a strong foundation in basic first aid.

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Safe Hiking during Hunting Season

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Hiking during Hunting Season

Here are some tips for hikers to safely use the woods this time of year

 

 Know local hunting seasons — Specific dates for hunting seasons vary year to year and also by type of game hunted and weapon used. Small-game seasons (turkey, rabbit) stretch from fall through the end of May; large-game seasons (deer, bear, moose) generally occur October through January.

Wear blaze orange—Wear a blaze orange hat and vest (and pack cover if backpacking) when hiking in fall, winter and spring. New Hampshire requires hunter education classes prior to issuance of licenses, which has led to a significant decrease in hunting-related accidents. Even though these safeguards have been put in place, both hikers and hunters need to do their part to prevent accidents. In late 2002 and early 2003, two A.T. hikers were shot and seriously injured in separate incidents by hunters who mistook them for deer. Neither hiker was wearing blaze orange, and neither hunter properly identified his target.

If you hike with a dog, it should also wear blaze orange visible from all sides. The SRKG recommends that pets be leashed at all times while hiking.

Avoid wearing colors that could be mistaken for game animals. Avoid white or brown during deer seasons; red or blue during turkey seasons.

Use extra caution at dawn and dusk. Hunting activity may increase at dawn and dusk, when animals are feeding and visibility is poor. Wear reflective vests or use a headlamp or flashlight for extra visibility.

Use extra caution near roads and in valleys—Be especially cautious within 1/2-mile of road crossings (both approaching and leaving) and in valley areas.

Be heard—Make sure you are heard before you are seen by whistling, singing, talking, etc., while you hike.

Avoid hunter interference—Hikers should be aware that interference or harassment of hunters in the lawful pursuit of game is a violation of law. This includes interference or tampering with dogs used in the pursuit of game where allowed by law. Sportsmen are our partners in conservation—encounters between hunters and hikers are opportunities to raise the awareness of both groups.


Learn more–

NH Hunting Seasons and Dates

NH Fish and Game Hunting page