Carrying the right equipment
Carrying the right equipment is as important as carrying the right ammunition for the hunt. Also, if you opt for a one-day hunt, experts recommend carrying enough supplies for a couple of days, just in case. The following are some of the things that you want to backpack.
- Equipment to pack in your backpack: First and foremost, the backpack itself should be comfortable and strong enough to carry some rough goods. Your luggage should include a first aid kit, flash light, warm hat, hand gloves, small chain saw or hand held saw, food, water and water purification tablets, GPS/maps/compass, glow sticks, binoculars, different types of knives, camping accessories, some eating and cooking utensils, a blanket and a foldable shovel.
- Equipment to carry while hunting: Your hunting ammunition, a licensed pistol for self-defense, a bulge tube (if elk hunting), range finder, warm socks and good hunting boots (waterproof), a leather jacket, pocket knife, a wallet with a driver’s license, a hunting license and tag (for the animal you want to hunt) and a cell phone (preferably in silent mode or switched off).
Each hunt is different and so you must tailor your hunting gear accordingly, but always remember to carry the above-mentioned primary equipment, irrespective of the type of hunt.
In order to have a successful hunting experience, you will have to know where the animal you want to hunt is located and how it moves. You can learn these things in a pre-hunt scout. This becomes even more important if you are not familiar with the hunting area or are new to hunting.
Sparing a couple of days for a pre-hunt scout before the actual hunt can prove more useful, as you will have a better understanding of the area and the movements of the animal that you plan to hunt. Scouting also helps you understand what type of equipment to carry and helps to locate the less human traveled areas so that you can find more hunts.
Practicing the weapon you want to use ‘the hunting way’
This is very important aspect of a successful hunting. Using the weapon while on a hunt is not as easy as using it when you are still. When you are having a still target, you will be able to measure the distance and other parameters which help you hit the bull’s eye. But, shooting at a continuously moving target creates an entirely a different experience.
It is difficult to simulate this feeling artificially because while you are on the actual hunt, the adrenaline rush you experience cannot be artificially induced by any practice sessions. You will have to practice harder. Assume yourself as if you are in the wild and try hitting the target in different positions such as kneeling, sitting, and other prone positions with a lot of branches and sticks blocking your vision.
Let your friends and well-wishers know where you are!!
Always take this safety precaution, especially, if going on an extended hunting trip. Letting your friends and well-wishers know where you plan to camp will help the search and rescue team know where to start the search, in case you go missing.
Though it might seem silly, letting others know your location can make a lot of difference. With rescue teams knowing where to search, they could save a day or two could which might mean the difference between life and death. Also, experts recommend not going alone on a long hunt. If you have a couple people to accompany you, hunting can be more fun and safe.
By following the above-mentioned tips and safety measures, you can definitely have one of the best hunting experiences, no matter the type of hunt!!