Preparing for Hunting Season

planning your hunting tripHunting season doesn’t have to start on opening day. Any well-trained, seasoned hunter will tell you that hunting season begins far before opening day. Taking time in advance to prepare for opening day can help guarantee your success. It isn’t something that can be done over night, but with a little time and some keen planning, you can improve your upcoming Bear, Moose or Caribou hunting trip. Here are some tips on how:

Know the Regulations. Be sure you know the details regarding season dates, license and permit requirements, fees, etc. You don’t want to miss out on good hunting time because you didn’t have the proper forms or information.

Study the Maps. A map can provide information necessary to your hunting trip. If you can study the terrain and know what you’re up against, you’re more apt to execute a proficient hunting trip.

Scout it Out. It may be a good idea to scope out the location before opening day. By doing this, you’re familiarizing yourself with the terrain and the map. You can also look for animal’s territorial habits. Are you seeing the same elk traveling around the same rock every day?

Get in Shape. Success in hunting sometimes comes from navigating long distances. Be sure you are physically able to hike and trek for long periods of time. If you’ve got family or friends coming with you, try and get them on a similar workout regiment.

Practice Your Shot. This is maybe the most important and most basic idea of the hunt. You want to have a good shot. Spend extra time at the shooting range over the summer. A little bit of practice everyday goes a long way.

Organize, Organize, Organize. You want to make sure you have all of your equipment in order before the hunt. You don’t want to end up without a scope or compass. Making a checklist is a good way to manage all of your hunting equipment.




Source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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