If you are going hunting this year, then it is important to start planning well ahead of time. There is nothing worse than getting ready for your big hunt only to discover that something is wrong with you or your gear. Here are some tips that you will want to follow.
Get in Physical Condition
Hunting for deer, duck, bears or any other animal can be physically exhausting unless you are in good physical condition. In the weeks leading up to your hunt, make sure that you are exercising regularly, getting proper amounts of sleep, and eating properly. After all, the average duck hunter may walk up to four miles, while the average deer hunter has to be able to climb noiselessly into the deer blind. Therefore, you should make sure to start a good exercise routine well before hunting season opens.
Have the Right Clothes
If you have ever noticed that the worst weather often happens during hunting season? Instead of letting rain deter them, the best hunters buy clothing that will protect them from the elements. If you will encounter soggy ground, then make sure that you have good, waterproofed boots with adequate tread. Dressing in layers helps you adjust your temperature throughout the day. Consider wearing a natural fiber bottom layer to wick moisture away from your body to avoid giving off too strong of a scent both to your prey and to your hunting companions.
Get Good Hunting Equipment
Whether you are headed to an axis deer trophy hunting ranch or to a duck pond in Northern Wisconsin, your hunt will only be as good as your hunting equipment. Choose your hunting gun and ammunition based on the species that you intend to hunt. Add scopes or other equipment to increase your ability to aim, load, and fire with ease. If you are using last year’s equipment, then make sure that it is clean and in good working order before hunting season begins. There is nothing worse than having to stay home because your equipment has failed at an unexpected moment in the hunt.
Get to the Right Location
Not all hunting across the United States is equal. Therefore, do your research and determine where you can find the best hunting. For example, the best axle deer hunting is found in Florida while the best duck hunting is found in the North Woods. Different species require different climates and habitats, and there are many hunting ranches and farms that cater to all sorts of species. Take your time to find a quality hunting ground with quality prey before making a decision.
Hire an Experienced Guide
An experienced guide is invaluable when hunting. The guide should be out in the field well ahead of the opening day, taking care of the animals living there. Their expertise on where the animals go to sleep, eat, and wander will vastly increase your likelihood of getting a trophy animal. They should have years of experience hunting, as well, and know the outlay of the land so that they can help you get the best places to set up your equipment or to move quietly after your quarry.
Following these five simple tips will help ensure your success on a hunting trip. Use them and your own ingenuity to land a trophy animal. Even if luck is not on your side, if you choose a quality hunting ground and have the proper clothing and equipment, you’ll still have a great time enjoying the outdoors.
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