Whether you enjoy an entire hunting season or just go on an annual hunt, the time comes for it to end. You might feel like you are just left to wait until the same time the following year, but there are things you can do in the meantime. When you know what you need to prepare for next year’s hunt, you can be in an even better position the next time around.
Handle the Regulatory Matters
Every place has its own rules. Federal rules can cover the whole country, but you might also have to cater to state-level and even municipal rules at the local level. Find out what training and permits you need, honor particular hunting seasons and quotas, and always follow safety rules.
Some of the best hunting you’ll ever find might happen on private property instead of public lands. You might have far fewer restrictions to deal with, and you’ll probably also be facing a lot less competition from other hunters. Hunting season isn’t the time to get to know landowners, as you want to do this many months in advance. Respect anyone that doesn’t want you hunting on their land, and just move on to those who are open to it. If you can, get to know the terrain so you’re familiar with it already when it counts.
Find a Local Shop
The right gun shop makes all the difference in the world in your hunting. It’s not just a place to buy a good gun for hunting. You can also find parts, ammunitions, options for cleaning and storage, and experts you can ask questions. You’re likely to even make some friends with fellow enthusiasts who are also customers of the establishment.
Get in Shape
The better shape you are in for the next hunt, the easier time you will have with it. A huge part of that is being in the necessary physical condition to cover a lot of ground. You might also want to train with your dog if you hunt with one. Don’t neglect to keep your firing in good shape, either. Whatever you hunt with, take it to an appropriate range and practice often.
Preparations Add Up
The more preparations you make in advance of next year’s hunting season, the better off your actual hunting will go. Nothing can guarantee a successful hunt, but you can certainly improve your odds of coming home happy.