It’s that time of year! You’ve taken the day off of work, you’ve gathered a few hunting partners, bought or borrowed all the hunting gear you need, you’re ready to have a successful hunting trip. In order to prepare for your day outdoors, there is some research involved beforehand, to make sure you’re following all the rules and regulations of hunting in your state and county.
The most important tips are making sure you are using a licensed firearm, and that all hunters in your group have the appropriate licenses and tags needed before you head outside. Check and check? Good, let’s keep going. If you have both of those already, chances are you already know how to properly and safely handle a firearm. The basic rules for handling your gun are no different when hunting than when storing them in your home or using them at the gun range. Always keep the gun unloaded until you’re ready to go, and always keep the firearm pointed down and away from anything until you’re ready to shoot.
To make it a little easier for you, we’ve put together a list of tips to help make your next hunting trip a successful one.
Assume every gun is loaded and handle it cautiously.
Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
Wear your camouflage but don’t forget your hunter orange too.
Always be aware of your surroundings when out in the woods and stay a good distance away from other hunters that aren’t part of your group.
Do your research before hunting in a specific state. Many states require first-time hunters, bowhunters, and trappers to pass courses before you can purchase a license which could take more time.
Don’t forget your driver's license, hunting license, tags, or any other paperwork you need before heading outside.
Stay away from roads, for safety reasons, and because you’ll have more luck in the woods.
Get the contact info for your hunting partner’s significant other or parents just in case something comes up.
Leave the automatic firearms at home, these are unlawful while hunting in many states. Rifles or shotguns are your best options for firearms.
Communicate with your hunting partner about what animal you’re focusing on, and who has dibs or who is going to shoot, and when. Not communicating about these issues can cause the shots to scare away the deer, bear, elk, turkeys, etc., making both you and your partner frustrated.
Be careful not to cross property lines. Hunting on someone’s personal property is not permitted.
Save the alcoholic drinks for after your long day outside as a celebration, it’s unlawful to hunt wildlife while under the influence in many states.
Our last tip for making sure you get the most out of your hunting trip… make sure you have a great hunting rifle!
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