You’ve been dreaming big for quite some time, haven’t you? You hear all these great hunting stories from your dad and his friends. “Oh, I killed an elk that was easily 300 pounds!” or “My God, we saw a bear that was bigger than TWO of me!” are probably fantastic stories you’ve heard a time or two. Consider yourself lucky; some of us mainly just hear stories about how our dads got stung by a bunch of bees!
But the point of the matter is that you want to be a part of these lovely stories.
Worry not, because you WILL get to go on your first hunt sooner rather than later!
Scroll down and read our five essential tips to getting started with your hunt!
Can I Hunt In My Neck Of The Woods?
Of course you can!
In the United States, you can hunt just about whatever you want so long as it’s in season. You can often find out what is in season by checking your local wildlife site and seeing the listings. You can also go on the internet and figure it out, as well. One click Google search and all that information is at your fingertips, ready to read!
Bear in mind, however, that some animals are illegal to hunt due to them being endangered. The entire point of hunting is to prevent overpopulation of a species from happening; don’t be the problem! If you need to know what species are endangered in your local area, the internet is once again your best friend in that endeavor. Research away!
#1. Know Your Stuff!
Slow down there, slugger! Before you consider buying ANY supplies, you first need to make sure you know what you’re doing. There’s too many people who risk everything by jumping head first into something they don’t know anything about. You need to hit the books (or computer…but not too hard, okay?) before you can go out and take the hunting world by storm.
There are plenty of Youtube videos online that can help you, as there are lots of articles written by hunting experts.
Dig into the information!
You have nothing to lose but time, and you’ve got PLENTY of that!
#2. Grab The Right Gear!
Once you’ve got all your information and research straight, THEN you’re ready to start buying gear! Just go to any sporting goods store and they’ll have the stuff you need to get you going. You can buy all sorts of great gear such as a tarp, protective clothing, tactical watch, scent cover, ammo for your guns, and even coolers for keeping your lunch cool. There really is no limit to the cool stuff you can get!
Well, except for your credit card, anyway.
Please don’t bankrupt yourself with all these purchases!
#3. Grab The Right Guns!
You can’t hunt without a great gun, you know!
You need to be sure to pick something that is big, but modest. Any Henry rifle works perfectly in the context of hunting, though you might want to save the .22s for practice shots. You can also go with a good Browning or Remington rifle–you know, the classics. Don’t bring pistols, though. They won’t do you much good when you’re hunting big game like elk.
If you live in a fairly populous area of the United States, such as somewhere in Chesapeake, then you’re in so much luck. That area has many a gun shop Chesapeake Virginia Beach. Just hop in your car and look around! You’re bound to find something that will drive you crazy with delight!
#4. Pick The Best Place!
Now that you’ve got all your gear and weapons, you need to know what the best option for hunting is. We can’t give you a specific answer as to what the best place is, as every person lives in a different area of the world. If we were in your shoes, we’d ask locals and get their input on where a good hunting spot is in your neck of the woods. Or hey, maybe you already have a place in mind!
Of course, we do caution against you hunting in overly foggy areas. It’s extremely hard to see in such areas and you WILL put your life in danger if you insist on hunting there. Also, don’t hunt in damp areas unless you got slip-resistant boots. You’ve been warned!
#5. Bring A Buddy!
Yes, we’re being serious here!
Seasoned hunters may enjoy going at it alone, but you’re not a seasoned hunter just yet. You aren’t used to the dangerous surroundings and potential risks that you merely read about and watched a couple of Youtube videos on. If you’ve got a friend who’s a more experienced hunter, why not bring them along to give you some pointers? They may even save your life!
Think about it for a second. Say you need to pull something from your bag, or you need to use the restroom in the forest somewhere. Who’s going to keep an eye out for danger when you’re preoccupied with something else? You friend really can save you, here!
There’s quite a bit you need to know before you make your first hunt, ladies and gentlemen. It can be seriously dangerous for someone who isn’t all that experienced to go out and put their lives at risk. After all, endangered creatures do not care if you’re nervous and new; they WILL defend themselves or run. So you need to be prepared to protect and fight!
Your options are cleanly listed here on our little guide for you. You can (and should) bring a friend with you because they can keep watch when you need it most. You should also do plenty of research and have the correct gear for when the time comes rolling by. And once you’ve got the best place picked out, you’re good to go. It’s as simple and clean as that!