With summer almost over, it’s time to gear up for the upcoming hunting season. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or brand new to hunting, following these tips will help you get off to a great start.
Study, Study, Study
Make sure you know all details about regulations in your state. Many details of these regulations will change from year to year, so don’t assume regulations from last year will be applicable for this year.
While you’re in study mode, this would also be a great time to take a hunter education course. Classes are offered by most state wildlife agencies and are available in online or traditional formats. Classes tend to fill up in the summer and fall so be sure you sign up quickly! You can find a list of state wildlife agencies here.
Purchase Licenses, Tags, and Stamps
What you need to buy depends on which animal you’re hunting, where you’re hunting it, what you’ll be using, and when you’ll be hunting. Usually the first step is buying a big or small game license. Deer, elk and other big-game hunters also need species tags for the animals they’re hunting, while most waterfowl hunters must have both a federal migratory bird stamp and state validation to hunt ducks and geese.
Learn the Land
If you are hunting on private land and haven’t already asked permission, this is should be your first step. Introduce yourself to the landowner and ask for permission to hunt on their property. Even better, offering them a hand around their farm or acreage is a great way to build a relationship and say thank you, paving the way for more opportunities to hunt there in the future.
You’re going to be spending a good amount of time on your hunting land so it’s best to get well acquainted with it early on! A great way to start is to spend some time with maps as a good map can provide a wealth of hunting information.
Next you’ll want to get out and learn the land firsthand. The more familiar you are with that area, the more likely you’ll be to enjoy a successful hunt. Scouting a hunting spot multiple times during the late summer and early fall will allow you to learn the daily comings and goings of the species you’re after.
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