Hunting!!!! Has this word ever fascinated you, have you ever thought of experiencing it and how your first ever experience be like — adventurous or horrific, it all depends on how well you’re prepared for it.
“Hunting isn’t a sport, it’s a way to be intimate with nature”.
Hunting for Beginners- It seems like a simple subject, but there is a lot to learn for any hunter, and the education process never ends. Whether you’re 15 or 50, there’s nothing more exciting than the anticipation of your first hunt. Making sure you’re prepared for the day ahead is key in calling it a total success.
Planning is the vital part of the trip because you need to figure out the dos and don’ts that one must keep in mind for the entire trip. Then comes packing which is more of using your imagination, deciding if you should bring your orange suit or your camouflage suit, lightweight hunting boots or heavyweight boots.
Imagine you’re halfway to your destination and suddenly stop dead in your tracks, “Ohh!” … “I forgot the binoculars”. With so much to pack, there’s no guarantee you’ll remember everything, even if you do give yourself plenty of time.
Hunter Education Course
The best first step for a beginner hunter would be to attend a hunter education course or a hunter safety course as it will provide a better understanding of hunting, hunters, and the wildlife we pursue. The important point is, before you legally hunt, get your hunting license.
Rules & Regulations
- It is important to check all the hunting regulations of the area you’re heading and get any landowner permission necessary in the area you want to hunt. Check the license requirements if any and try to meet them completely.
- Also view the rules and regulations on the specie you are planning to hunt.
- Check what type of hunting tools are allowed, as there are few areas which are very restrictive in this aspect.
Get Your Hunting Gear Ready
There are some items on the hunting checklist that not everyone thinks about until they’re out in the woods. You’ll need all the common sense hunting gear:
- appropriate hunting clothes
- a rifle or bow
- map and compass
- sleeping bag
- last but not the least hand and foot warmers for the winter hunt.
After The Shot
Have a plan for after the shot. Killing animal without having a clear plan for what to do with it afterwards is not only impractical, it’s also unethical and in some cases illegal.
When going out in the woods, it is important that you maintain a high ethical standard of behavior. One of the best ways to do this is to practice with your weapon of choice. The more confident you are with your weapon, the more humane you will be to your hunt.
Treat all the land with respect. Anything you pack in, make sure you pack it out. Make sure that safety is always at the forefront of your thinking, even if you are hunting alone. Accidents can happen when you are by yourself, so always be overly cautious and ensure that safety rules are being followed.
So get out there and enjoy yourself as hunting is one of the very best ways to spend time. It will provide a better understanding and a greater appreciation for wildlife, how animals live in the wild and a deeper appreciation for all types of life. It will also help you stay more in touch with your roots—as hunting is natural and has been a part of human life and existence since ages.