For most people and in most areas, hunting seasons start at the end of summer or in the early fall. But just because hunting season may be a few months away doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do now to start preparing for it.
To help you see how the work you do now can help make your hunting season much more successful, here are three ways hunting enthusiasts can start preparing for hunting season now.
Make Sure Your Gear Is Ready
As it gets closer to hunting season, every hunter out there is going to start buying new gear and loading up on whatever equipment they need to go hunting. To avoid this mad dash like everyone else, now’s the time to ensure that your gear is ready and that you’re able to get any replacements or additional equipment that you may need.
According to Darron McDougal, a contributor to BowHunting.com, now is also the time where you’ll want to get any new gear so that you can test it out and become comfortable with it before you take it out hunting. Additionally, if you have gear that was broken or worn down from the last hunting season, you should get it cleaned up or repaired now so everything is ready to go once hunting season opens.
Depending on the type of hunting you do, you may need to spend at least a few weeks or months getting your body into shape so you can handle walking miles and miles each day or hauling your kill back to your camp or car.
To help you with this, Amy Hatfield, a contributor to GrandViewOutdoors.com, advises that you start walking, climbing stairs, and lifting weights as a way to prepare your body for the physical aspects of hunting season. If you can, you may also want to start hiking or trekking around the areas that you plan to hunt in the fall so that your body can be prepared for what it will actually be like being out there during the hunt.
Talk To Farmers and Other Landowners
A big part of having a successful hunting season is having a place to go where your chances are higher that you’ll come across the game you’re hunting. But in order to know where these places are, and have access to them, you’re likely going to need to start making some connections.
According to Brad Fitzpatrick, a contributor to NorthAmericanWhitetail.com, the summer is a great time to talk to farmers in your area about what they’ve seen as part of wild animals on or around their property. And if you discover that you’ll have the best chance hunting on someone else’s private property, now’s a good time to speak to them about allowing you to hunt there before any other hunters start beating down their door as fall approaches.
If you’re wanting to start getting ready for hunting season now, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get this done right.