Many hunters only get the chance to go on a hunt once or twice per year. So how can you get the most of your precious hunting time? Here are ten tips to make sure you’re prepared to have a great time.
1. It may be cliché but safety really does come first.
Depending on the type of hunting you are doing it may be necessary to wear blaze orange outerwear to make yourself visible to other hunters.
Make sure you know how to safely handle your weapon. For anyone that is new to the sport many communities offer firearms training.
2. Decide what type of hunting best suits you.
If you are the type of person that cannot stay still, sitting in a tree stand from dusk until dawn may not be what you are looking for.
3. Hunt with friends and family.
As with most things, having love ones enjoy the experience with you makes memories that last a lifetime.
4. Do research on where you plan to hunt.
If you don’t own the land you plan to hunt be sure to get permission from the owners. Talk to other hunters and outfitters for local area information and do a lot of research & planning to make sure you have a good hunt. If you plan on hunting state owned land follow any extra guidelines that may be imposed.
5. Have the right gear.
Being uncomfortable can make your hunting experience completely miserable. Check the weather so you stay warm and most importantly have comfortable boots. Get in with a good outfitter nearby to make sure you have all the supplies you need.
6. Keep in shape.
No matter what type of hunting you plan on doing there will be plenty of physical activity. You don’t want to ruin the day with not being able to perform them so a little exercise during the offseason goes along way during open season.
7. Respect the environment.
Whatever you bring in, take out with you. Hunters are stewards of the land, let’s keep it beautiful for future generations.
8. Enjoy the peace and quiet.
It can be frustrating when on a hunt all day without any success but just take it slow, enjoy being away from it all. As the old saying goes; a bad day hunting is better than a good day at work.
9. Take pictures to help you remember the trip, but don’t overdo it.
Whether you bag a trophy or not, make sure to capture the experience on camera so you can relive the moment in the future. Just don’t spend the entire trip looking through your camera lens.
10. Eat what you kill.
Most hunters get very little enjoyment from the killing, consuming what you shoot is the ultimate joy in hunting.