Many hunting enthusiasts learned the craft from a parent or relative. This provides some hunters with a solid base of experience and usually from an early age. However, not all of us have the benefit of having this education. If you are interested in learning to hunt and do not know where to start, then preparing properly is a good place to start.
Prepping for a hunting trip takes a bit of planning and forethought. Getting together the right permits, rifles, and ammunition is only the beginning. Especially for first-time hunters, there may be some things that you need to do that might not already be on your radar. It is worth running through a checklist to see if there are any things you might have missed.
Let’s look at some of the things that you need to do and keep in mind to prepare for your first hunting trip.
Determine What Type Of Hunting You Are Interested In
There are many different types and styles of hunting and having a better sense of what you want to actually do is the best place to start. Once you decide what kind of animal you want to hunt and how/where you would like to do it, you can begin to prepare properly.
Get Your Certifications
For your own safety and that of others, it is important to be properly certified to hunt before you head out. If you already have the necessary certificates, then you can skip this step. For everyone else, make sure to have some basic firearms training and a license to own the gun you plan on using. Having a Hunter’s Safety certification is also important for knowing more about how best to hunt and how best to do it within the limits of wildlife regulations.
Finally, you will also usually need a license to hunt the specific animal you are interested in hunting. Make sure that you have all of these necessary permits to stay within the law and avoid breaking any poaching or conservation rules.
Fortunately, the internet is a great resource when it comes to finding good information about hunting. Look for books and articles to give you some more context and knowledge about the best practices for hunting. Seek out online forums where you can ask questions and get answers from more experienced hunters.
It is also worthwhile to explore any local hunting club that exists in your area. Talking face-to-face with experienced hunters will give you insight into how best to prepare.
Get Your Equipment Together
Once you have a general sense of how hunting works and what you will need to buy to get out in the field, then you can head to the shop to buy the essentials. If you simply enter a shop without any background knowledge, then you may end up buying a lot of fancy bells and whistles that you do not actually need.
Remember that most hunting takes place in the field. This means that everything you plan on taking with you into the bush needs to be packed on your back. If you take too much stuff, then you will be tired out long before you actually get the opportunity to hunt. Be conscious of this fact to avoid learning it the hard way.
Into The Wild
Once you have everything that you need, you can plan your trip into the field. Based on your research, you should have a good sense of when the best time to go out will be. Make sure to enjoy yourself and treat your first hunting trip as a learning experience. Before you know it, you will be an old pro.