HOT STUFF

Cau­tion is needed through a long day in the field, the edi­tor says

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Make sure you take pre­cau­tions when out in the field on a hot day, the edi­tor ad­vises

I t seems a lit­tle odd to say that we need to worry about getting too hot in the UK. We’re mostly busy com­plain­ing about be­ing cold, but sum­mer heat can be se­ri­ous, most es­pe­cially for those of us not so used to it. In the past, I’ve sat in a hide de­coy­ing pi­geons for far too long, and come home feel­ing a lit­tle sick and with a pound­ing headache – com­mon symp­toms of over- heat­ing and de­hy­dra­tion.

It makes good sense to use shade from a stealth point of view, and also to keep the sun’s power off our skin. We need to be cov­ered up for cam­ou­flage, so ar­eas that usu­ally let heat es­cape such as our head and hands can no longer do their job. Clearly, we need to wear the light­est weight cloth­ing pos­si­ble, and Jack Pyke makes some ex­cel­lent longsleeve cot­ton T- shirts and trousers in sum­mer camo pat­terns that are just right. They also of­fer light gloves and hats that work well, too. Ed­die Jones can be seen wear­ing them on page 42.

COOL DRINKS

It’s vi­tal to keep prop­erly hy­drated on long, hot days and I use a trick taught to me by a friend who was born in South Africa. He takes an old plas­tic drink bot­tle, three- quar­ter fills it with wa­ter and then puts it in the freezer overnight. He then fills a sec­ond large wa­ter bot­tle and puts it in the fridge. As he sets off in the morn­ing he puts both bot­tles in an in­su­lated bag. The frozen one keeps the liq­uid wa­ter cool for a very long time and then later in the day you can drink the frozen one as it melts. Voila! Re­ally cold drinks on tap all day long. If you feel at all un­well, please stop shoot­ing and go home. If you have a headache, dizzi­ness, con­fu­sion, a loss of ap­petite or feel sick, have cramps or an in­tense thirst you’re bet­ter off at home in a cool shower, where your fam­ily can keep an eye on you. These can all be signs of heat­stroke and must be taken se­ri­ously. As with all forms of shoot­ing, it’s bet­ter to hunt with a friend when­ever pos­si­ble so that you can look out for each other and call for help in an emer­gency if some­thing re­ally bad hap­pens. Let’s be care­ful out there!

ABOVE: En­sure that you have plenty of wa­ter for you and your dog

BE­LOW: Some­times it’s just too hot to hunt

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