- Know and understand the hunting regulations:
This may sound like an obvious thing to some people but you would be surprised how many people do not actually know the regulations for where they will be hunting. This applies even more so if you plan to do an out of state hunt.
- Know and understand the animal you are going to hunt:
This may again sound like an obvious thing but there are a lot of people who just go out in the woods with hopes of killing something that they know nothing about. Where do they feed? Where do they bed? Are they rutting? Each factor will determine where and how the animal is hunted.
- Scouting where you are going to hunt and know the terrain:
This is kind of piggy backing off of number 2. You are going to need to know where the animals are and how to prepare physically for the trip.
- Get your license and tags:
If you haven’t already done so you should seriously be considering purchasing your license and tags at this point. With the season just a couple of months away there isn’t much more time to get this done.
Make sure you are dressed for the weather you will be hunting in. Being over dressed or under dressed can be life threatening. Heat exhaustion or hypothermia can leave you in the woods.
- Gear – safety/survival:
This is going to be a slightly extensive area. We have put together a list of some of our essentials when we are out in the woods. Your pack should be a suitcase for an overnight stay in the woods. ALWAYS hope for the best but plan for the worst. Below is a list of some good ideas for a pack list.
-8×8 piece of plastic
-3 plastic bags (for heart and liver)
This one is an area that many people, including myself, struggle with. I don’t spend near enough time with my bow or my rifles. This one is easier said than done for me. It is, however, very important to make time to get your weapon sighted in and fine tuned. If you are waiting until you are out in the field then you are way behind.
- Get in shape:
This area is very easy for some. I can say that when you have to hike 6 miles back to your camp you will realize very quickly if you are in shape or not. Try to train yourself in a way that will simulate the terrain you will be hunting in.
How are you going to get to your camp? How are you going to get from camp to your hunting location? How much gas will you need to bring?
- Plan with those you are going to hunt with:
Over the years I have had the pleasure of hunting with the same people, friends and family. We seem to talk about the following years hunt even before the current year is over. Here are some things we talk about and make sure we have a plan before we set out on our trip.
-The after harvest plan
If you can get a grasp on these 10 things now then you are going to be in much better shape for the season both physically and mentally. You may have some other things that you feel are important to start working on right now also. Please leave a comment. You may be helping someone out more than you know.
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