Hunting is of great interest to me but how do I get started!
This is the questions we're asked over and over again, well this page is created in a way that will put you on track and on the trail to one of the most exhilarating sports available to everyone. Whether you have little to no experience or new to an area with challenging geographical terrain. All you need is the desire and will to start!
Let's get started
First things first, to hunt anywhere in the USA you must have a Hunters Safety Certificate whether you want to hunt with a Bow and or Rifle, I should say any and all methods of taking wild game. How do you acquire a hunter safety card, every state has a DNR -Department of Natural Resources, Parks, and Wildlife, Fish and Game whatever it's called in your state, it's a state governed office that regulates wildlife resources allocates the distribution of license and or tags allowing a person to hunt a given State. Each of the Wildlife governed offices have the information on how to acquire your hunter safety course schedule, cost, and convenient class dates. All that is required of you is approximately $10.00 and 8 to 10 hours of your time to complete a commence hunting knowledge test to end the class. Don't worry everyone passes, these classes are created for safety, wildlife identification and basic weapons knowledge and for some shooting skills test.
Hunters safety course class is held by fish and game endorsed and taught instructors and held at various locations; shooting ranges, DNR office, and or sporting good stores. For those that don't have the time or the classes are located in an inconvenient location, the link located at the top right of this page is a simple way to get started right at home.
I have my Hunters Certificate now what?
By now you have a good idea on what you want to hunt. You may have an Idea on what you want to hunt with, a Rifle or a Bow. Let's start with a recommendation of using a rifle for the simple fact that the skill level of archery hunting may possibly be beyond the novices skill level. A rifle does take a certain amount of skill, practice, and knowledge but the simple fact is you don't have to be 30 yards from a deer with a rifle your successful shooting range is much further out. This gives you much more time to settle in for a good shot and the noise factor isn't as important.
Whatever you chose to hunt with, be knowledgeable, proficient, treat every firearm as though it was loaded, be safe!
What do you plan to hunt
Small game on a one-day excursion would be of preference, this builds your knowledge of hunting, being in the elements, the clothing that best suits your needs under the current weather conditions and changing weather conditions. You learn the basics of game care after a successful kill, this smaller hunting commitment builds your experience for your planned big game hunt for deer and elk.
From the very day you decided to acquire your hunting license you can start assembling your hunting gear. Most of what a person owns can be easily used for the basics of big game hunting, that old coat, pants, flannel shirts, and boots would be a good starting point. From there assess each of these items for condition and how it will perform under the conditions your hunting, such as desert, mountain terrain, flatland, brush, and most importantly how it will perform under rain, snow and wind. In addition to your clothing a person must think of tents, sleeping bags, and the required hunting gear, will you be able to drive up to a campsite hunt or will you be packing in. Each of these types of campsites have certain requirements for a successful travel and hunt. Basically, you can bring the kitchen sink if your bring the truck and are camping next to it on the other hand if your packing in you need to plan on going as light as possible for a successful hunt. For each of these methods we have assembled an extensive gear list for your convenience. This Gear List is a starting point but is yet to be scrutinized for accuracy as each and every person has their own opinion of what they need, all we ask is if you add and or subtract a given item that you give it considerable consideration as why this item is to be eliminated and why it's needed. Be sure to see our Gear List's Recommendations.
Gear is a very crucial consideration when hunting in remote locations and or dangerous terrain such as desert heat, ever changing Mountain conditions. Gear can be a life and death situation so the gear you bring and the gear you have in position while hunting should be thought through with great care. Gear can mean knives, sleeping bag, rope, tent and a great number of items available with your current collection for today's more modern hunting gear...gear that is selectively scientifically altered in a way that best suit your need and your pocket book from lightweight synthetics to lightweight alloys, gear has evolved for those that require lighter weight, warmth without additional weight, gear that doesn't lose it's total function because its wet.
There are many choices for sleeping gear, 4 season tents, clothing, backpacks, and day packs the spectrum of this category is vast and can be complicated, again we recommend you go down your gear list and then evaluate your own web search for positive and failed reviews, keep in mind that some of these reviews can be a biased towards the company or person that makes the mentioned product, sometimes these reviews don't really give a clear direction and end choice of one item over the other. It is best to evaluate gear recommendation on hunting forums, where the evaluations of a given item are assessed, from experience under real life conditions.
Learn how to use the tools required and that prevent you from getting lost in the great and vast outdoors. Learn how to use a compass and topographical map, then learn to use a GPS (Global Positioning System)
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