How to Hunt: A Beginners Guide to Hunting
Are you looking to spend time in the great outdoors or obtain truly free-range and hormone-free meat for you and your family? Maybe its the thrill and excitement of the hunt, or perhaps a well deserved weekend away from it all.
Whatever your reasons, there is no better time to learn how to hunt than right now. But before you’re staring down your rifle sight at your first kill, let’s take a look at a few things you need to know to get started.
What’s Your Style?
Before you begin your hunting journey, you should probably decide what kind of hunting you want to do. Saying you want to hunt is like saying you want to drive a car. There’s a lot to choose from.
Do you want to hunt with bait, crossbows, or hunting rifles? Do you want to hunt for birds or big game? What kind of terrain do you want to hunt in?
The United States is home to a wide array of hunting environments and prey for you to choose from.
Get Your Hunter Safety Card
To be able to hunt legally in the U.S., you’ll need to obtain a hunter safety certificate by going on a hunter education course. A lot of states provide these free of charge. You won't obtain a hunting license without completing one of these courses.
The course is not only a great way to meet people, but it will teach you about things you might not have considered, such as hunting restrictions and seasons. It will also teach you how to conduct an ethical and legal hunt.
Research How to Hunt
Your hunting education shouldn’t end with your hunter safety certificate. The internet is a great resource for the up and coming hunter.
Forums are a great place to meet fellow hunters. You can discuss your goals as a hunter and get valuable feedback from experts.
The internet is also full of video tutorials, gear reviews, and even podcasts. But don’t think your practice ends with the internet. You can go to places where hunting is prohibited, but camping isn’t. This will give you the opportunity to study your prey and its behavior, and get you ready for hunting season.
Get Your Gear
By now you have a good idea of what you’re hunting and how you’re going to hunt it. The next thing to do is to stock up on hunting gear.
Be sure to spend your money on quality essentials that will last. They’ll make your life much easier on the field. Also, keep in mind that the more competent you are on the field, the less extras you’ll actually need.
Don’t be afraid to go back to the forums for advice on where and what to buy. Pawnshops are a great way to get a good deal, and a lot of hunting communities will loan gear for specific hunts.
Practice Makes Perfect
You have learned how to hunt. The next part is the actual hunting.
It will take time to learn the behaviors of the animals you are hunting. It will also take time to become familiar with all of your equipment. Enjoy mastering the terrain. Give yourself time to master and enjoy the art of hunting.