Deer hunting: Beginner’s Guide

If you’re interested in learning the sport, craft and art of deer hunting, look no further. Below we give all the tips a beginner deer hunter needs to begin enjoying the sport.

Know your weapon- and choose well.

There’s nothing to quash your hunting ambitions more then having the wrong weapon, or a weapon you can’t handle, in the field. Knowing what type of hunting you want to get into from the start saves costly expenditure. Most beginners are advised to start with a rifle. You’ll need a gun that fits you, can be well shot, and will commit a kill cleanly. While online stores abound, it’s always best to try out a few before deciding to buy.

Safety first.

We’re not trying to sound boring. It is essential that you are correctly certified and licensed by the stat conservation board for your area. While hunting legislation varies a lot from area to area, most insist on a firearm safety course. Phone their offices to get full details. Usually it’s a matter of a course and a written exam. Study aids abound online.

Dress the part.

While you certainly don’t need a cartload of accessories for your first hunt, there are a few things it is important not to miss. Your bright orange field hat/vest can literall save your life, and you will of course need your gun and ammo. A good knife for field dressing [and gloves if you prefer], a compass and flash light, your permits and everything you need to tag the deer are essential too. You’re better off ground hunting as a novice, as stands drastically increase your costs.

Where [and how] can I hunt?

Depending on your area and your intention, hunting grounds can be found anywhere from your land- if you own enough for a hunt- to public hunting land or paying out to hunt in a private area [or making use of willing friends. Remember that you cannot hunt where you have not gotten the correct permission to, and if you want to continue in the sport you would be well advised to share with your host and cultivate their friendship. Deep tend to stick to wooded area. Remember that baiting is not legal in many parts, so know your laws.

You will take your shot when the deer is long sides to you [i.e. you can see nose and tail.] Don’t pursue the beast immediately, rather give it time to lie down and die first, as chasing it adds a lot of stress to the beast. It’s your responsibility to recover beasts you have shot, so make sure you know who is across the property line and how to get in touch. Tracking as a novice can be very difficult, and you may want assistance. When you have recovered it, tag the beast appropriately for your state regulations.

Field dressing techniques varies from person to person, so you’ll want to spend some time and research developing your skills.

How should I behave?

The ethics you display as a hunter will be one of the biggest factors in how successful you are and how welcome in the sport. Knowing how to efficiently use your weapon is a critical part of this, as a bad shot will leave a suffering animal. The idea is to be humane. Clean up after yourself- don’t leave trash littering the woods. Rather pick up trash you encounter, too, even though it was not your fault. The more we conserve, the longer everyone can enjoy.

Remember that safety is essential too, especially if you are on the hunt alone. Accidents can be life threatening when you have no help, so be cautious at all times and watch out for other hunters who may be in the field with you.

A good hunt is fun, challenging and exciting if done right, and a little preparation before the day will ensure that your first hunts are memorable and enjoyable.

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