It’s fall, y’all — and time to get ready for deer hunting season! If you have spent the summer dreaming about crisp, early morning spent in a deer stand and getting back to nature, your favorite time of year is right around the corner.
Kudos to you if you’re ready for the year. If not, here are some ways that you can start prepping for the fall deer hunting season starting today so you’re not caught unaware when it’s time to get out there.
1. Prep Your Hunting Grounds
Most deer hunters have a favorite hunt — somewhere that is near water, or a trail that is heavily utilized by whitetails. Deer are creatures of habit, but habits can change — making it especially important to put out some trail cameras and start checking to be sure migrations runs haven’t changed over the long spring and summer months. There are a variety of reasons for these changes, but they generally involve the easy availability of food and the presence of humans. Do your homework and you’ll be set and ready to bag your big deer as soon as the season starts.
2. Safety Check Your Gear
To say there’s a bit of paraphernalia in deer hunting is putting it lightly. Some hunters swear by tree stands, while others prefer to stay lower to the ground. Box blinds are another popular option for hunters. Each of these items requires an annual safety check to be sure the weather hasn’t caused any problems before the season starts. Now’s the time to find good deals on any upgrades you want to make to your gear, too. Falling out of a tree is no fun, plus it can really scare away the deer!
3. Get In Some Practice
Keeping your skills from getting rusty is something fun to do, not a hardship. Whether you’re headed to the woods with your bow and arrows or with your deer rifle, take a few weeks before the season starts and find several opportunities to hone your skills. Make sure that your weapons are well-preserved, clean and that the sights haven’t been accidentally knocked out of whack while they were being stored. Check your ammo and arrow inventory, and see if there are any updates for your weapons that you want to test out before the big day of opening season.
4. Pack Your Bags
Packing a hunting bag for a short run can be quite quick — just grab some snacks and drinks, make sure you have your reflective safety gear available and all the ammo that you need. Depending on where you are in the country, you may find that you need additional items such as hand warmers, additional layers of clothing or gloves and even a map if you’re headed out into the deep woods.
Part of the fun of deer hunting is taking the time to pull together everything that you need and plan for your first big outing. From checking your weapons and safety gear to finding the perfect spot to hide while you’re waiting — there’s plenty to do as you get ready for deer season.
~ Ready to Fire News