When I was eight or nine, I decided to go swimming in a pond nearby. I thought that swimming was so much fun and easy to do when I saw other kids from the neighborhood doing so. I told my father that I want to go swimming in the pond. He asked me about my plan. I told him that I would directly jump into the pond and start swimming. He smiled at me and said, “I will help you in getting started”. The next day he got me enrolled for swimming classes where I learnt the basics of swimming and got trained to perfection. Now I realize why my dad smiled at me that day.
It doesn’t matter if you are 14 or 40 and thought of entering the hunting world, you must be wondering about how to get started. You might be thinking about what all gear you need, and then you’re set to go for your first hunt. Buying the necessary hunting gear is a secondary task; the primary job is to know what you want to do, how to hunt, and where to hunt. Answers to all these questions can be tricky if you do not know anyone who has been involved in hunting before.
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Type of hunting – There are several types of hunting like bird hunting, small game, big-game. Then comes the question of the weapon to use. You wish to use a crossbow, bow, a shotgun, or a rifle.
- Safety – In most states, you need to go through a proper hunting course to get your Hunter Safety Card. The Hunter Safety Card is proof that you have gone through the course and capable of ensuring your safety. Any such course is valid in all states and isn’t very expensive. You can also opt for online courses and learn at your own pace.
- Gain knowledge from experts – Find and talk to people who are experts in the field because a simple course won’t make you ready to go for a hunt right away. Experts will tell you about their experiences, and you gain valuable insights about the terrain and the right gear for your type of hunt.
- Practice with experts – Nobody is going to complete a successful big-game hunt all alone at the initial stage. Go on hunts with experts and learn by asking questions, taking advice and watching. Only expert guidance and supervision can help you become a trained hunter.
- Take time – Don’t give up if your initial hunts do not go as planned. First hunts are likely to fail, but it is these experiences that will help you learn and grow. The best hunters will tell you that there are always some uncertainties that cannot be seen and there are high chances that you’ll fail during your initial hunts. We all are humans, and everyone learns at his own pace.
- Rules – States have their own hunting rules and regulations. Always have a deep understanding of the rules that need to be followed and permissions to be taken. In certain cases, there is a need to seek permission from landowners as well.
- Weapon – Choose your weapon wisely and according to the type of hunt you wish to go for. For example, if you want to go for a deer hunt, start with a rifle. A rifle is one of the easiest ways to get the job done. After gaining expertise, try different weapons (such as a crossbow and standard bow).
- Gears and accessories – Correct gears and accessories are as necessary as the weapon. They are helping hands in a successful hunt. Choosing the right equipment involves using the right jacket, tactical pants, backpacks, boots, and the like.
Keep in mind that practice makes perfect. The job is not done just by reading about hunting and selecting necessary weapons and accessories. Go on hunting trips with people who are in this for a while, make mistakes, have fun and learn.