There’s a lot to learn and understand when it comes to hunting. So much so, that it’s easy for beginner hunters to feel overwhelmed. Even veteran hunters find themselves learning new things season after season. If you’re new to hunting, be patient with yourself, and enjoy the ride.
Keep scrolling to find out what beginner hunters may not know about hunting.
Invest in the Best Gear
It may be tempting to buy a lot of lesser expensive items and get more for your buck. But like many things in life, it’s better and worth it to invest in some pieces. Instead of buying cheaper, lesser quality items that won’t last more than a season — which will cost you more dollars in the long run — spend a little bit more money on one item that will last for years and years.
Here are some hunting items worth investing in that will pass the test of time:
- Weapon of choice (rifle, bow, etc.).
Break-in Your Gear
While we’re on the topic of gear, make sure whatever you do buy you break-in before your hunt. The last thing you want on your hike up or down the mountain is a new blister forming on your foot because of your new boots.
Similarly, you’ll want to make sure your gear is ready for your excursion. While you won’t need to actually “break-in” some of your equipment like your boots, you’ll want to make sure it’s all ready to go. Make sure items like your range finder, GPS, and two-way radios have batteries, your first aid kit is fully stocked, and your UTV has plenty of gas.
Blend Into Your Surroundings
Of course, as a hunter, you’ll need to stock up on camouflage clothing. However, not all camo is the same. As you familiarize yourself with the territory in which you’ll be hunting, take notice of the scenery. Just because something is camouflage does not mean it blends in. Make sure you are wearing the right pattern of camouflage.
Additionally, make sure your scent blends in with the outdoors. Animals’ sense of smell is one of their best defenses against predators. They can easily detect your scented body soap, deodorant, and laundry detergent. Make sure you use a cover scent and stay upwind of the animals. Use the wind to your advantage. As the wind shifts, so should your position.
Get Fit Before the Season
Hunting requires a lot more strength, agility, and endurance than one might think. Before you hit the hills on your first outing of the season, make sure you are physically ready for the hikes your adventure will bring.
Contact R & K Hunting Company
If you’re new to hunting, you may not have all the experience of an avid hunter. No sweat! For your next hunt, hire a guide who knows the ins and outs and all the tricks like the professionals at R & K Hunting Company. We have years of experience guiding trips and want to share some of what we’ve learned along the way. Contact us to schedule your hunting trip today.