Do you love to hunt? Do you love getting outside and spending time with nature and knowing exactly where your food is coming from? Hunting can be a rigorous adventure, and you might find that it takes a few days before you’re able to find a kill. Because of that, you need to do a lot of preparing and planning ahead of time. Here are some things you should always do before you go hunting.
1. Get a Licence
Every state has its own rules and regulations when it comes to hunting. So, if you’ve ever hunted in one state, you should never assume that another one does the same thing. Additionally, if you hunt without a license, you could find that you face jail time and massive fines, depending on the severity of the violation.
When applying for a license, make sure you allow plenty of time for it to be processed and sent to you. You can check with your state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife to learn of any delays they might be having. The earlier you apply for the license, the better.
2. Prepare Your Firearms
Whether using your firearms for target shooting or hunting, you want to ensure they work well and are correctly sighted-in. You want to make sure that your gun is firing exactly where you want it to and at the distance you need to fire it at.
You should never assume that because you fired the gun recently that it’s correctly sighted-in. Assuming everything is ok could cause you to waste a hunting trip.
When preparing your firearms, don’t forget to include your DeSantis holsters or carrying cases. Your state likely has laws about how you can carry your guns, so always refer to that.
3. Choose Your Clothing
Choosing the correct clothing for your hunt could be the difference between success and failure. If you’re going hunting in cold, rainy weather and you only pack shorts and a t-shirt, you likely aren’t going to last the whole time. If possible, wear layers. Layers will allow you to add clothing when you’re cold and remove it when you get too warm. When layering, you’re always best off wearing a light waterproof layer on the top. Doing so helps prevent you from having to walk around in wet clothing for days as you stalk your prey.
Furthermore, when you’re packing your clothing, don’t forget the importance of the shoes you choose. You want shoes that are sturdy, waterproof, and won’t slip on the ground. Hiking or mountaineering shoes would be best.