Only those who have never gone hunting can truly claim they have never made a mistake. Even if you’ve been hunting for decades, you’re still going to make some blunders. The lull between hunting seasons is long enough for most hunters to forget a few key takeaways from their experiences. Although it is impossible to guarantee a mistake-free hunting season, frequent errors can be greatly reduced by learning from past experiences. Both inexperienced and seasoned hunters are guilty of the some errors detailed in this article each time they head out into the woods.
GOING IN BLIND
The success or failure of a hunt is greatly affected by the hunter’s lack of preparation for the season. In order to help you prepare for the next hunting season, I recommend ripping a page from the Boy Scout handbook and sticking it on your gun cabinet. “Be prepared” is the slogan of the Boy Scouts.
When going on a hunt, it’s impossible to be too ready. Your time is best spent investigating numerous places, using trail cams, Google Earth, and poring through topo maps. You need to be able to visually represent your hunting grounds on paper.
Don’t miss out on any chances to learn about animal behavior. Find out where people sleep and where they eat. Find out the paths animals use to go from their eating grounds to their sleeping quarters. Make as many trips as possible to a location if you can physically do so in order to get as much information as feasible. The ability to read the terrain will be crucial to your success in the hunt.
FAILURE TO PRACTICE IS PREPARING TO FAIL
There are many avid hunters who count down the days before opening day. They do a lot of planning ahead of time. They go on a little vacation. They are very dedicated to their hobby and only use the finest equipment available. They go out and get the best gun money can buy, customized to fire their preferred caliber. They put in many hours of preparation and scouting. They finally have the time to go, so they pack up their vehicle with all their gear, stock up on food, and head out in search of the ultimate prize without ever having prepared for the trip.
Be diligent in your practice, whatever your weapon of choice. Develop your skills with long and angled shots. Shots should be practiced from a variety of positions, including sitting, kneeling, and standing. After working up a sweat with 30 push-ups, try firing a few rounds of arrows or bullets at a target. Practicing your shot right after your cardio session is a fantastic method to gain self-assurance and get in the right frame of mind for when the pressure is on.
AVOIDING THE RULES OF CONCEALMENT
Concealment is just as crucial as smell suppression. The good news is that if you can fool an animal’s visual system into thinking your shape is something normal, they won’t bother paying attention to you. In the hunting world, there is a wide variety of concealing techniques to choose from. Mimicry camouflage, in which an object is designed to seem like a particular part of its natural environment, is particularly common.
Most hunters have a persistent issue of giving up too soon. To succeed, you need to have the mental strength to wait long after the best opportunity has passed. Many hunters’ attitudes become negative due to boredom, cold, or discomfort. Some hunters, in all candor, are scared of the dark and would rather not make the return trek to the vehicle after dark.