The year goes by quickly. Sport hunters and lifestyle hunters alike are going to be surprised that hunting season is going to be there before we know it. Hunting is all about preparation. The people who start thinking about what they need right now are going to be ready for the new season’s game. It’s never too early to prepare.
1. Physical Fitness
Folks might think that the time to worry about getting in shape is coming to a close. That’s not true for sport hunters. There’s a reason why people call hunting a sport in the first place. In addition to the fact that you’re competing against the terrain and the game, it requires a high level of physical fitness. Your game is already going to have the advantage. They know the area better than you do, and they spend their lives running from predators like you. You have to make sure you’re at least fit enough for that.
The earlier you start training, the better. You can always buy new equipment and get yourself up to speed on other aspects of hunting at the last minute. It’s harder to do that when it comes to physical fitness.
2. Deals on Hunting Equipment
Hunting in the modern world is half a measure of equipment. You need to make sure you have everything you need before you set out on the field. If you want to get equipment, this is a great time. There are going to be all of these deals at the end of the season. If you want to save money, now is the time to shop for all of the discounted equipment.
Whether you shop online or in person, all of this equipment is going to be widely available at a low price today. People who make any part of their living hunting should be especially careful to shop for new and improved equipment at the right time.
3. Know your Local Hunting Regs
Hunting regulations vary from place to place, and year to year. Wildlife experience a lot of changes. Their population levels increase and decrease. People need to make sure that they’re aware of changes in the local game population in preparation for a new hunting season. In order to maintain a healthy game population, and not run our favorite creatures to extinction, responsible hunting practices are a must.
4. Planning your Hunt
You should know the exact hunting area that you’re planning on using. Now is a good time to actually try scouting out the area. Even in an age of GPS and Google Maps, you still have to rely on your own personal navigational abilities in the field to a certain extent. Knowing the area in advance can make a huge difference. This is the time of the year where the weather’s still nice, and you’re better off scouting the area now.
5. Plan for Processing
The meat and the hides for your game have to go somewhere. This also might be a really good time to start planning for that. Whether you intend to process the animal yourself, or send it to a professional, it is good to be ready in advance. If you have a special outdoor shed or cellar for all of this stuff, it’s a good idea to start clearing it out and getting it clean. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to start preparing a new place for all of the meat and hides. It’s also a good time to invest in the equipment that you’ll need to prepare the meat and hides. For those who intend to use professional processing, finding a quality taxidermist and butcher is a MUST! After all, you don’t want your catch to be ruined by an amateur.
Do your research now, and make sure that you are ready for Next Hunting Season. Unpreparedness often leads to disappointing, or tragic results.