There are a lot of people who have never been hunting before, while there are others who grew up hunting for their own meals. In some cultures around the world, people either hunt or starve. Fortunately for most of us, we can get our meat from a grocery store, but nothing can replace the thrill and satisfaction of feeding your family on your own skill.
When you are preparing to go on a hunt, there are a few things you want to make sure of and consider before you leave your house. If you aren’t careful, you can forget something that is very important and end up having problems later. So, we are going to go over a checklist, of sorts, to help make sure you get the most out of your deer season.
Always Check Local Regulations
The most important thing you need to take care of when preparing for the season is to make sure you understand and follow all the laws and regulations in whatever area you will be hunting. Most areas in the United States require having a hunting license, which can, fortunately, be picked up both easily and inexpensively.
Make sure to check both state and local laws, as well. In some instances, there can be contradictions that can cause you to end up on the wrong side of a Game Warden. And, always make sure that you are never hunting “out of season” animals, as there are always hefty consequences for this type of thing. There are reasons that each animal has its own season, so following these laws not only protects the animal but ensures the future ability to hunt them.
Gear Can Make Or Break Your Hunt
Every hunt will be different. Weather can change at a moment’s notice, so you want to make sure you are prepared to get through whatever Mother Nature may throw at you.
Take time to be sure that you have the right gear for every eventuality, and you will have a much better time. If it may rain, make sure you have water-resistant gear; if it could get cold, you would want to have warm layered clothing; whatever the possibility you may face, be prepared for it.
What you wear isn’t the only thing to consider when gearing up, though. Every animal has some form of call or lure that can greatly increase your chances of making the kill. Also, you want to consider the animal you are hunting, as some animals have extremely keen senses of smell and will avoid even the slightest scent of a human in their area.
Make Sure You Know Your Weapon
The most important item you will take along throughout the season is your weapon. Whether you hunt with a gun, bow, spear, traps, whichever; practice and knowledge are essential to make them as effective as possible.
Take some time at a range, if you are using any sort of ranged weapon, and get some practice in whenever you can. Familiarize yourself with the weapon so that no matter what issue may arise with it out in the field, you can at least know if it can be fixed without having to head home.
One great idea is to pack a secondary weapon that you can use in the event that your main weapon is unusable for any reason. Most hunters also carry sidearm pieces to use just in case they are attacked by an animal and need to protect themselves, as well.
Safety Is Key, Be Prepared
Whether or not you end up getting a kill on any given hunt, the most important part is to make it home safely. Preparing yourself beforehand is an excellent way to help make sure you can make it back without issue. If you hunt to feed your family, it doesn’t help much if you don’t come back home afterward.
Always know the areas in which you will be hunting, in case there is an issue and you need to get out or find help. And, taking a good-quality first aid kit is an excellent idea that could potentially save your life, depending on the situation.
As long as you are smart enough to take the time and prepare, you should be in for a great hunting season. May your shots be fast and accurate, and all your returns safe. And if you make the right preparations, you can and will increase your chances of getting that perfect rack.