Are you a first time adult hunter? What are some things first timers should know about hunting?
Ancillary Benefits of Hunting
Hunting is a way to secure meat for yourself, friends and family. It’s also a good excuse to get out in nature and learn more about your surroundings– it beats sitting at a computer desk!
Depending on where you hunt, you may need a license. Some areas require you to take and pass a hunter education course. It’s a good idea to learn about safe firearm handling, ethical shot placement, and an area’s rules/regulations before you actually hunt.
Do you have a hunting mentor? This is a really good thing. Yes, you can learn a lot from books and videos, but it really does help to have someone more experienced than you “show you the ropes.” Find a hunting mentor and/or utilize the services of a hunting guide who can help you with any questions you might have… and you’ll probably have lots of questions!
Certain states have certain regulations. There are different “seasonal dates” when hunting certain animals is allowed. You should check for species-specific rules, which can typically be found online with your state’s game agency’s website. You might also want to explore the difference between a hunting license and a tag and the difference between a resident versus non-resident license.
Packing the Right Gear
As for gear, you don’t need all that much to get started hunting. If you don’t want to invest in new clothing and accessories, ask to borrow some from a friend or buy used items. Camouflage is not mandatory for hunting, but it’s definitely popular. Also, dressing in layers is key, so you’re warm enough when it’s cold, but can strip off some clothing when the weather warms up. Broken-in boots are your friend.
Finally, before your first hunt, it’s a good idea to get some practice shooting, such that you’re familiar with your gun and ammo. You can usually find a range that offers a class for beginners. You might also want to have taken a gun safety course.