Going Hunting? 7 Ways to Best Prepare for Your Hunting Trip

You have a hunting trip coming up in the very near future and want to be sure that you are well prepared for your excursion. Following these suggestions and tips will have you up and ready with a minimum of fuss and stress. They include the following:

Clean and Check Weapons

Make a point to clean and oil all of your weapons before heading out on your trip. Take them to a safe area and shoot them off a few times to ensure that they are safe and fully operational. Put them in a secure location until it is time to depart.

Stock Up on Bullets and Other Supplies

Check all of your supplies before departure. The last thing you want to do is end up in a great hunting zone and run out of ammunition. Be sure to also stock plenty of safety supplies, clothing, food, and water for the duration of your trip.

Purchase Proper Clothing

Hunting can be a rough sport so be sure to dress accordingly. Sturdy, waterproof boots, heavy camouflage pants, heavy jacket, and gloves if necessary. Dress for the weather – layering clothes from companies like Over Under Clothing can be quite effective in keeping hunters warm and cozy in very cold weather.

Apply for Hunting License

Double-check all of your hunting permits and licenses. Make sure they have not expired and that they are the correct ones for the areas you will be visiting. Keep them in a safe, waterproof place in case the game warden needs to review them.

Research Hunting Destination

If you know exactly where you are going, be sure to research the location you are heading to. This way you will know exactly where to go when you get there. Research the quality of the hunting in that spot as well as the weather expected during the time you are there. If you don’t know exactly where you are headed, research various routes and plan out exactly how to get there in advance so you don’t get lost and lose valuable hunting time.

Get in Shape

Hunting may not seem to be a strenuous sport, but it actually is. You have to be in fairly good physical condition to move across rugged terrain and treacherous water. If you have any serious health conditions, be sure to get clearance from your physician.

Practice Your Aim

Be sure to practice your aim before embarking on your hunting trip. It may have been awhile since you have had any practice, and you do want to be successful in hunting your specific game. Take extra care in selecting a target practice area that is safe and where the bullets will be effectively contained.

As you can see, preparing for a hunting trip can be quite an ordeal. Remembering all the little things that need to be done and purchasing necessities are all part of the process of ensuring a successful hunting outcome.

About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. Twitter: @LizzieWeakley Facebook: facebook.com/lizzie.weakley

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