Although hunting season may still be months away, it’s never too early to start checking things off your to-do list.
After all, no matter how you slice it, there is a lot of work that goes into getting ready.
Fortunately, for today’s hunter, things have changed drastically from decades past. It used to be that hunters slept in tents, heated tin cans of beans over an open fire, wore puffy down hunting parkas to keep warm and stayed near paved roads in case they got stuck.
Now, lodges, guides, cooks, cell phones, and all-terrain vehicles make hunting a more enjoyable and safer experience.
With that in mind, the following tips will help you get prepared for this year’s hunting season:
Check Your Hunting License
Ensure that it’s valid and covers all varieties of wildlife you intend to hunt. Even if you’ve hunted in the same location, check that permit requirements haven’t changed. Regulations get updated yearly, so don’t assume that what was valid last year still applies to your favorite watering hole.
Pack Your Hunting Bag
This tip is two-fold: if you’re planning to head out of town, you’ll need a hunting permit for that state. If you’re staying local, you should pack a bag filled with essential items that will help you survive any unexpected situation, be it the weather or something more dire. These include a cell phone, Hand-Held GPS, first aid kit, lighter, maps, hunting binoculars, small rope, pocket knife, bottled water, and a few high-energy snacks.
Bring the Right Hunting Clothing
Depending on where you’re headed, you’ll need a light or heavy jacket, gloves, hat, and layers for nights when the temperatures dip. And don’t forget your hunting rain gear. If in a warmer climate, you can dress down with lighter clothes, but whatever the case, don’t forget your blaze orange hunting vest. One caveat: wash any clothes you intend to wear with unscented laundry detergent. Animals will (literally) be able to smell you a mile away and not come near you.
Take Any Necessary Hunting Accessories
This could include extra ammunition, maps, hunting flashlight, whistle, and if you’re a smokeless tobacco user consider bringing a portable spittoon such as those created by Atlanta-based FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR). The new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for taking the pleasure of snuff, dip or chew, hunting, fishing or any other outdoor activity. FLASR’s spittoons also help eliminate the scent of chewing tobacco spit, which could ward off animals.
For more information, visit www.flasr.com.