It's Time to Prepare for Hunting Season

by admin on 08-28-2014 in Hunting

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Chances are you're already dreaming about the next big hunt. You aren't alone; according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nearly 14 million people went hunting in the United States in 2011 and went on a combined number of more than 250 million hunting trips. Here's how you can plan for that big trip a few months from now and get the best out of your next hunting trip:

Choose the Right Spot

The first thing you need to do is choose your quarry and where you want to hunt. Locations in the Midwest are popular destinations for deer hunting, and with good reason: a Quality Deer Management Association report reveals many locations in the Midwest are capable of sustaining high density deer populations that simply cannot be found in other habitats. On the other hand, Gambel and Mearns quail hunters prefer locations in Arizona, such as Tucson, Coronado, and Nogales for their mild climate and ideal habitat. Research your prey and the regions it inhabits to choose a spot that is right for you and your trip. If you aren't familiar with the region, consider hiring a guide for your hunt. Guides often live nearby or are at least highly familiar with their regions, and can help you to have a rewarding and fruitful hunt if you are unfamiliar with an area.

Pick Your Gear

Choosing the right gear is more than just deciding which gun to bring along; different regions require different tools, though every hunter needs a good backpack. For long elk hunting trips in western regions, the Badlands Summit hunting pack is built with 4700 cubic inches of storage and is designed for either a rifle or a bow to be slung onto it. The needs of a birdhunter are obviously different from the needs of a bowhunter, so a lighter and smaller pack will usually suffice. Hunters of all stripes can benefit from bringing a mobile device along with them. A lightweight and durable iPad Air can carry a library of information that any hunter could use to check regulations and local laws at the touch of a screen, making it an invaluable resource to bring along. One mobile device or tablet can provide access to all the knowledge you need without wasting pack space on a dozen guides and books, though you should never rely on a digital device as your only map. Always bring a standard compass and map and know how to use them.

Study, Study, Study

It's critical to familiarize yourself with local regulations and region-specific laws before heading out. You wouldn't head out without a license, and you should research the laws of your destination. This is especially true for hunters heading out of the country for a hunting trip. Draw deadlines and regulations in Ontario, for example, are often vastly different from those in the States, so if you are planning a hunt in Ontario it would behoove you to study up on the 2014-2015 Regulations summary. It may seem obvious, but being unfamiliar with regulations can not only cost you a trophy, it can land you with a steep fine that can ruin your finances just as badly as it can ruin your hunting experience.

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