The appropriate gear not only ensures a successful hunting expedition but also keeps you in safe hands. If you’re a novice at hunting, getting geared-up for the act can be confusing. But, it’s never too late to learn. We’ll help you pack your bags for an upcoming encounter with the wild.
1. Licensing and Regulations:
Procuring a license and abiding by regulations will keep you out of trouble. You can purchase a hunting license from the wildlife agency in charge of the particular hunting area. It is necessary to review a copy of the regulations that govern the game site. These regulations provide vital information on the permitted hunting time, the species and gender of the game and the weapons that can be used. The laws are amended each year.
2. Guns and Ammunitions:
You will need the right guns and ammo. It differs based on the game and season. A store owner that sells hunting equipment can guide when it comes to choosing equipment.
Most game animals have a highly developed sense of smell. Hence, hunters should conceal their identity in the wild. Army clothing, colored dark green and brown can help you camouflage with the environment. Wear clothes made of light, moisture wicking materials. Carry a separate pair of hunting shorts, a T-shirt and a jacket. Boots may be needed depending on the time of the year and kind of game. If you wear boots, they should be light and hit at the ankle. They should offer good traction in all conditions.
4. Handy Devices and Material:
The hunting paraphernalia is incomplete without a map of the region and a pair of binoculars. Game sites are extensive, and it is easy to get lost. You should take a trail map, a landmark map and parking map. If the site is a general one, you can find the particular maps online or you can purchase them at a wildlife center. Binoculars are very useful for distant viewing.
Dogs make great hunting companions when targeting ducks, rabbits and squirrels. A GPS device helps with directions. You should keep a flashlight or headlight close at hand for nighttime expeditions.
All-terrain vehicles or ATVs are beneficial when hunting for a big game. Boats, on the other hand, can be used for waterfowl. The vehicle and the boat are not a compulsion.
Other camping supplies you can take along are a gun cleaning kit, food, water and your cell phone.the Hunter after catching the animal has to field dress it. This requires a knife, honing stone, plastic bags, disposable gloves and cleaning supplies.
Hunting in groups is often preferred to hunting alone one for companionship and second for the sake of safety. Plan ahead of time and make your expedition a memorable one.