Time to Get Serious

After months and months of dialogue and preparation, Americans are planning for a very important moment. The great majority will dutifully exercise their rights as they have done so at every opportunity before. Some have been waiting years to come of age, and this new generation will venture out for the first time. Many will adhere to the principles and beliefs long held by their families and friends, and others will go against the grain. Yes, in red states and blue states across the nation, big game seasons are opening, and it is time to get serious about hunting whitetail deer.

If you are one of the few still undecided, keep these points in mind:

  • Get to the Range

Archery or rifle, ethical and responsible big game hunters always visit the range to ensure the safe operation and practical accuracy of their weapons before heading out to the field.

  • Identify and Scout Your Hunt Area

Don’t be a fly-by-night hunter and rely on luck when you walk in to an area for the first time. Do your homework, scout your spots, locate the scrapes and game corridors, and set yourself up in a familiar position.

  • Still Hunt or Stand?

Whether you prefer to lie in wait, and let the game come to you, or relish the challenge of stalking and ambushing an unsuspecting buck, go into the field with a plan for one or the other. Specific gear and techniques are required for either scenario and attempting to do both on the same hunt is a guaranteed way to spook game and come up empty-handed.

  • Rattling & Calling

Perhaps this is the year you intend to employ advanced techniques with hopes of finally bagging a wallhanger. Many a hunter have had great results rattling and calling, yet if this is your plan, make a commitment to seeing it through. In hunting, as in life, nothing much comes from doing anything half-way.

  • The Nose Knows

Almost any deer will go on alert at the crack of a twig, or the glimpse of your silhouette on the horizon, but one whiff of your sent, and that deer is gone for good. Of course, a good hunter should always use the wind to their advantage, but those who take measures to control their scent will see more game.

  • Be Safe

The best part of hunting is going again. Above all else, safety is paramount. This starts with the proper handling of your bow or firearm, and an obsessive commitment to never endangering the safety of another individual within the limits of your hunt area. It also extends to yourself. Pack in survival gear and first aid supplies in the event of an emergency. Be aware that hunting by it’s very nature carries risk, and individuals must take precautions to limit their exposure. Always hunt with a partner and be prepared for the unexpected.

We wish all hunters, outfitters, and guides the best of luck this season… enjoy!

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