Hunters across the country have been anxiously waiting for the Fall season to come around. But why, you ask? Fall marks the unofficial kick-off of hunting season across the states. Depending on where you live, you’ll want to talk to your local Fish & Wildlife department about open hunting seasons available at this time.
Preparation is the key to success when it comes to hunting. We want to share our staff’s experience when they gear up for hunting season.
Make Sure You Have Your License
Hunting live game is serious business. As such, you’ll need to have the required licenses or papers giving you permission to hunt during the season. It’s fairly easy to obtain a license from your local Fish & Wildlife department. Be warned, it is imperative to follow the rules when hunting in your state or you might find yourself with a large fine or worse.
Practice Your Marksmanship
While you’re hunting, you want to be able to hit your target cleanly and on the first shot. Practicing your shot will help improve your ability to do this. Typically, it’s best to practice in the environment that you’ll be hunting in; so you can get used to the shadows, lighting and obstacles in your line of fire.
If you don’t have the luxury of refining your marksmanship in your hunting environment, you can always head to your local shooting range and practice on stationary targets for aim or moving targets for reaction shooting.
We can’t stress this enough. A good hunter knows how to handle their weapon without hesitation, so practice, practice, practice.
Ensure You Have The Right Equipment
Hunting different game requires a few special items. However, we wanted to give you a list of the most important hunting items you’ll need when you’re out there. This list was created by our staff, but you may need more or less gear depending on your situation.
- 1 Liter water pouch (with water)
- High protein food bars
- Small first-aid kit
- Hunting boots
- Pack of clean socks
- Long underwear
- Outer wear (for warmth, if needed)
- Rain wear
- Camouflage hat (hides your head and protects it from the sun)
- Gloves (keeps your hands protected)
- Safety vests (required for identification in populated hunting grounds)
- Weapon (Bow or Gun)
- Hunting knife
- Map of the area
- Personal toiletries
- Hunting bag to carry all items
Be sure you inspect all your equipment before you pack it for your hunting trip. The last thing you want to find out is your gun is malfunctioning while you're in the wild.
Scout The Hunting Grounds
Knowing your environment will help you gain a better understanding of where the best areas are to position yourself to hunt your game and how to move around safely without getting hurt. Many new hunters tend to skip this important step and fall victim to unnecessary injuries because they didn’t take the time to walk around the hunting grounds before the season started.
Scouting your environment also gives you the opportunity to learn how your game interacts in it’s habitat and what to look out for.
Returning From The Hunt
Whether you return home with a few trophies or have been defeated by your elusive game, it is guaranteed that you’ll be dirty and tired. Try not to pass out on the couch with all your hunting gear on. You’ll get your home dirty, and the saying “this is why we can’t have nice things” will come to mind. Instead, it’s always helpful to have a separate area where you can unload your hunting gear and change out of your dirty hunting clothes.
A small steel building is a perfect solution to store and clean off your gear after the hunt. These buildings are extremely easy to build and maintain, and you won’t have to worry about messing up your home if you have a designated “mudroom” for your hunting gear.