Do you love hunting season? Whether you hunt deer or ducks, you want to make sure that you start preparing ahead of time. If you wait until the last minute to start getting things together, you’ll likely find that you forgot something important. Here are ways you can start preparing for your next hunting season.
Apply For Your License
Before you do anything else, make sure you apply for your license. If you’re caught hunting without one, you could face significant fines or even jail time. Make sure that you allow time for the processing and mailing of your license. Depending on how busy your state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife division is, you could find that it takes as long as a month to get it. You’re always better off applying ahead of time and having it in your wallet than find yourself sitting on the sidelines waiting for the license during hunting season.
Check Your Guns
No amount of preparation will do you any good if you don’t have your guns sighted-in correctly. When you sight-in your weapon, you’re checking your scope to ensure that you’re firing exactly where you want to. Whether you go to the gun range or go out to the countryside for target practice, make sure you take your time to ensure everything is lined up perfectly.
You also want to make sure that your guns are cleaned and don’t have any oil or debris built up. Not cleaning your guns correctly could cause them to misfire, which could be deadly. Another thing to be mindful of is if you’re carrying a handgun, make sure that your holster is in good working condition. Whether you use DeSantis holsters or something less well-known, you want to check that the clasps are working and that no stitching has come undone that might cause the gun to release from the holster when you don’t want it to.
Identify Your Hunting Location
Knowing the topography of where you want to hunt could make a big difference in how well you do. Use maps to show you the terrain and help you locate any areas that can be used to funnel the animals into an area where you can easily target them.
It’s also helpful to know where you’re going to hunt so you can go ahead of time and place trail cameras and set up your hunting blind or tree stand. The earlier you can set up your stand or blind, the better. You want the animals to get used to seeing it, so when you’re in it, they won’t be afraid to come close.