Whether you’re 15 or 50, there’s nothing more exciting than the anticipation of your first hunt, but making sure you’re prepared for the day ahead is key in calling it a total success.
Showing up with your license seems like a no-brainer, but what if your first hunt suddenly turns into your first kill? Will you have what you need? Here’s a hunting checklist of things you should consider before you hit the woods “officially” for the first time, plus a few others to keep in mind as well.
Before your hunt, you’ll first want to check all the hunting regulations of the area you’re heading to. Whether that’s close to home, or in another state, you’ll need all the rules and regulations. Some rules can include the amount of orange you need to wear, to how close you can be to homes or roads while hunting, to what areas are legal or illegal to hunt.
Also, while you’re preparing for your hunt, purchase your hunting license, sight in the gun or bow you’ll use, and get any landowner permission necessary in the area you want to hunt. This information, and more, is located in the “Preparing for the Hunt” section of the hunting checklist above.
While you’re hunting, you’ll need all the common sense gear: appropriate hunting clothes and boots, a rifle or bow, ammo and backpack. However, some items aren’t as obvious for a new hunter. Scent attractant and scent reduction can be key in making your hunt successful. Hand and foot warmers can save you during a late Fall or Winter hunt. And a rain jacket will keep you dry when a storm rolls in. These are some items on the hunting checklist that not everyone thinks about until they’re out in the woods.