Hunting can be a great sport, depending on who you are and what your interests are. However, you have to make sure you have the correct hunting gear in order to make the trip enjoyable and also safe for everyone. On the other hand, you don’t want to over prepare. Too much hunting gear can be loud and bulky so you are way to noticeable in the woods or wherever you are hunting and it can also be to heavy to lug around as well as expensive to procure. So, what is the balance? Here’s all you need to make a hunting trip successful.
- The correct weapon.
You have to check with the hunting regulations of your state before anything else. Some states only allow archery equipment, some allow guns and bows. For states that allow guns for hunting, remember that only certain calibers are legal and there are only certain seasons during which you are allowed to hunt with specific guns. Also, some states have laws regarding cross bow weights. When shopping for guns, make sure you know the law even before entering a gun shop.
- The correct license.
You must have the right hunting license before you can go out. You may also be required to sit through a hunting safety class before being able to be licensed.
- The correct clothing.
You’ll want to determine your wardrobe depending on where you are going and the time of year. Dressing warm or cool is an issue of comfort but whatever you decide on should be washed in a soap that can remove any odors the animals might smell on you. Camouflaging yourself to the terrain helps your cover and gloves and a mask will help contain your scent. Hunting boots are also something to keep in mind.
- The correct optics.
Binoculars are a good tool to keep handy during the hunting trip if you need to scan a wide area, dense with trees and whatnot.
- The correct distance.
You must have the right range when hunting. The perfect shot can only be made from the perfect distance. Make sure you’ve done your research depending on what you are hunting and what with.
- The correct lighting.
This is a tricky one because at least part of your trip will be done in darkness. You should always have a flashlight or some sort of torch with you to help you. A headlamp is convenient because it keeps your hands free for your weapon. A light is also helpful to declare your presence subtly to any other hunters that may be in the area.
Now that you know what hunting gear you will need, you can make the necessary preparations to get started. Good luck and stay safe!