If you’ve yet to go on your first hunting trip this season, your checklist may be a little fuzzy. Before you can actually get out there and hunt, there are a few things to remember.
One of the most important things you need to do is make sure all of your licenses, stamps, and tags are up to date. The documents you need to legally hunt vary depending on where you live and what you plan to hunt, so doing the proper research beforehand is always a smart idea. You don’t want to be caught hunting without the proper documentation because you could face heavy fines and even criminal charges.
For anyone who is new to hunting or hasn’t done it in years, it may be a good idea to take a few education courses. Learn the basics from an experienced hunter and you will be much more comfortable once you’re out in the wilderness. Hunting is more than just about knowing how to fire a gun. You also have to learn how to scout areas, track animals, and more.
Another good idea is to get to know the lay of the land in your hunting area. Study some maps to identify areas where there are streams, canyons, mountains, and other potential obstacles. If possible, ask a friend who is familiar with the area to show you around and point out where some of the best spots to hunt are.
All of these suggestions can drastically improve your safety while hunting. Just remember to bring along the proper gear including ear protection.