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Hunting season makes hunters doubly excited. If you are a first-timer, know that there are essential items to bring and guidelines to follow.
You want to learn every trick to get that good shot, and become an expert hunter in the future. The feeling of bagging the deer you target is exhilarating and rewarding.
Below are tips to help make your hunting expedition a success, especially the first few times in the exciting world of hunting.
1. Things Every Hunter Has to Carry on Each Trip
- GPS with mapping feature
- Wind meter
- Electrical tape
- Multi-purpose tactical knife
- Firestarter, lighter
- Toe warmers
- Latex gloves
- Resealable plastic bags
- Emergency locator
- Binoculars and harness
- Compact camera
- Surveyor’s flagging tape
- Shooting sticks.
Other Things to Bring:
- Compact disposable towels
- Backpack cover
- Wet wipes
- Duct tape
- Slope doper
- Flint and steel
- Sharpening steel
- Belt cartridge holder
- Hiking pole
- Bandaging tape
- Parachute cord
- Extra batteries
- Plastic urine bottle
- Water and energy snacks
- Lens cloth cleaner
- First aid pack
- Power bank and cord.
Aside from rifles and shells, these things are also important. Remember to bring them in your Hunting sessions and learn how to pack your backpack properly.
The items above are just some of the ones you need. You will know other important hunting equipment throughout this post.
2. Research Enough Information
This includes researching on the location of your hunting adventure and hunting itself. As a newbie to this sport, you have a lot to learn. Make use of the Internet to obtain some answers. Seasoned hunters are also the best people to teach you some of their techniques.
In your research, know the rules and regulations of the state you plan to hunt in. Also, there are videos online that you may find useful to a beginner like you.
While doing so, get your license. It is a must to obtain this important document if you do not want to find yourself facing a lot of penalties and fines. You could also kiss your hunting dream goodbye if you get banned for a specific period.
3. Practice Makes Perfect
Before you head to the real hunting world, get accustomed to using the basic hunting equipment. Practise shooting at the Live firing range to help enhance your estimation and accuracy.
Learn how to hit your target as fast and merciful as possible. You want to avoid inflicting a long and agonising pain to your target before it ultimately dies.
4. Wear Appropriate Gear
Your chance of survival in the wild will largely depend on your gear. The rule of thumb is, the risky the hunting terrain is, the more you need to gear up. If you need to approach your target at a reasonable distance, then camouflage is the ideal wear.
Basic hunting gears for first-timers are helmets, guns and ammunitions, bows and arrows, the best multi-purpose knife, and proper clothing for all your survival needs. Do not forget to bring insect repellent to protect your skin from all sorts of insect bites.
5. Learn to Conceal Your Scent
How you are able to hide your scent is a big factor in the success or failure of your hunting session. As with most animals, the ones you hunt can easily detect your odor on the ground or in the air. Fortunately, there are ways to cover your scent to slightly trick the deer, such as spraying some odor eliminator at your boots and even your hunting stand.
6. Monitor and Observe the Weather
The weather plays an important role when it comes to hunting. Hunting is an outdoor sport, hence it relies on good weather to make it comfortable and convenient for everybody. Find out the weather before you embark on your adventure.
Bad weather conditions not only make it hard for you to move or see your target, but they can also present a dangerous scenario. In addition, you need to know that woods have a tendency to experience more rainfall than the urban area. Therefore, take some preventive measures to deal with unpredictable weather.
7. Hunting Is About Sitting, Waiting, and Being Patient
It is normal to get excited about your first hunting trip. But keep in mind that a big part of it is done in sitting and observing the surroundings for an indefinite period of time. Hunting is also a waiting game, as it requires perfect timing to see and hit your target.
8. Go With Some Expert Hunters
Hunting with the professionals in this sport is recommended if you are new to this thing. These people will help pave the way for you, as hunting is generally difficult to learn. They are the ones who have the first-hand experience in all sorts of terrains.
Nothing beats experience and a lot of skills. Sure, you have things to learn on your own, but a professional hunter can teach you some of their strategies, not to mention making the hunting process faster.
9. Know Gun Safety Rules
Hunting and gun go hand and hand. This means you need to know how to use guns properly and the safety measures that come with using it. You may attend some classes regarding the rules for firearm safety.
10. Start Easy and Small
You may not hunt for deer first. Deer hunting can be really challenging and you often go home empty-handed. You can start with squirrel hunting, which can also be considered as your practice hunt. Later on, you can apply what you have learned to bigger and riskier hunting.
11. Inform People At Home Where You’re Going
Whether alone or with a group of hunters, make sure someone at home knows your hunting plans. The woods and terrains are not your normal habitat, and anything can happen while you’re hunting. You’ll thank yourself for telling the third party in case you get injured or ill.
Hopefully, the list above helps you to become a skillful hunter easily. While this journey is full of warnings, do not forget that hunting is all about fun too. But, it pays to come prepared.
I want to hear your thoughts in the comments, and share this post to other fellow first-time hunters.
I am Nora D.King – a contributor of RainyAdventures.com. I am a nature lover. I believe that it is important for people to connect with mother nature’s gift of the great outdoors. I also write for several websites that focus on traveling and backpacking. I’ve also ghosted for other famous personalities who are known to be active in exploring nature and survival enthusiasts.