Any time you are in the wilderness, scrapes and cuts can happen. When hunting deer, scrapes, which literally remove the skin, are a fact of life. Hunting tree stands brings the body into contact with rough surfaces such as tree bark which can tear the skin. Hiding behind trees as well as kneeling or crawling on the ground provides additional opportunities for skin to get scraped.
Taking Care Of Hunting Deer Scrapes
When hunting deer, scrapes that happen need to be treated immediately before dirt or other foreign material can enter the wound and cause infection. The difference between scrapes that happen in a household setting and hunting deer scrapes is the increased risk of infection. Hunting deer scrapes happen in the wilderness where there is a high chance that dirt or other bacteria will have the opportunity to enter the wound either when it occurred or during the remaining time the person is hunting deer. The first step in taking care of hunting deer scrapes is to clean the wound as soon as it happens. This can be done by scrubbing the wound or by using a syringe to rinse the wound until it is clean. If you have a 0.9% sodium chloride solution in your first aid kit, use it to flush the wound, if not, use clean water.
Once the hunting deer scrapes are clean, put an antibiotic cream on them and cover them with a sterile gauze pad. Make sure all the edges are taped securely so dirt cannot enter and infect the wound.
Upon returning home, remove the dressing, clean the wound using warm water and soap or the ball syringe filled with a 0.9% sodium chloride solution. Make sure there is no dirt or foreign matter left in the wound and then dress it. The dressing will need changed at least daily, more often if it gets wet or dirty.
How To Avoid Hunting Deer Scrapes
While there is no foolproof plan to avoid accidents, especially when the skin comes into contact with rough surfaces, wearing long sleeved clothing and gloves is a good way to protect the skin from possible hunting deer scrapes. If the hunting deer scrapes occurred because of crawling on the ground, the dirt and foreign material may be tougher to get out. It is imperative that all the dirt and foreign matter, such as rocks or leaves, are removed. When hunting deer, scrapes can happen that are not noticed until later. If this occurs, clean the wound as soon as the scrapes are discovered. Make sure that infection has not set in. Signs of infection in scrapes include redness, drainage, swelling and warmth. If the scrape has any of these signs, seek professional medical care immediately.