The hunting season can sneak up on you. One afternoon, you’re grilling on the Fourth of July, then you look up and opening day is of the hunting season is only a week away.
Don’t fall into the procrastination trap this season. If you start preparing early, you’ll be a better hunter throughout the season, bagging top-quality trophies and bringing home more meat for the table.
If you’re lucky enough to own hunting grounds of your own, or if you have access and permission to make changes to an area, then you should get started by prepping the land. Make sure the trails are clear of brush and logs, and put up trail cams so you have early information on the available deer and game. If you haven’t done so, put in your hunting stand as early as possible so deer and other game get used to its presence.
Having an accurate hunting weapon is essential. You don’t want to miss, or worse, injure an animal because of poor shooting. Take your time on the range, and start well in advance. If you wait until the last week before opening day, you’re going to have a full gun range to deal with, so get out early and get out often to perfect your shooting and sight your weapon to hit a dime.
Not to many hunters get the chance to fire their rifle from a comfortable firing table, and few archers will fire a straight, flat arrow into their targets. You will be crouching, kneeling, sitting, and shooting at different angles, especially the top-down angle from a deer stand. After you have practiced at the range, try taking the time to shoot in your own hunting area so you are fully prepared for the real thing.
Most hunting is fairly easy on the body, so you don’t need to be an Olympian. You should, however, be physically prepared for the hunt. If you haven’t been walking or exercising during the summer, get started soon so you are fully capable of hiking to your hunting grounds, carrying your equipment, and bringing back your kill. Walking, jogging, and light lifting are a good start, but you should also practice getting in and out of your deer stand for good measure.
Take your hunting apparel out of storage and give it a good inspection. If it is ripped, faded, stained, or simply worn to shreds, it might be time to start shopping for new apparel. Remember, you need something that is comfortable enough for hours on the hunt, but also scent and noise resistant.
You can find all the performance hunting apparel you need when you shop the online store from NOMAD Outdoor. With a huge selection of shirts, jackets, and pants, we have everything you need from opening day to the last hunt. Get layered hunting apparel from NOMAD and you’ll be a more effective hunter this year.
At NOMAD, we love the excitement and challenge of turkey hunting. It’s one of the most difficult yet rewarding forms of hunting, and like many American outdoor enthusiasts, we are always waiting for spring and fall turkey hunts. However, we all need to be reminded that turkey hunting, however enjoyable, can be a very dangerous sport. When done recklessly, turkey hunts can cause injury and even death.
You may have taken a hunter’s safety course, but it’s always wise to review proper turkey hunting safety so you and your fellow hunters can stay safe in the woods and the fields.
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Some states, however, are better than others. According to Realtree, there are nine states that earn an “A” for turkey hunting. These states are located all over the country, so no matter where you live, you’re within a day’s drive of some world-class turkey hunting. So what are the best states for turkey hunters? Let’s find out...
If you’re a game-bird hunter of any kind, including pheasant, quail, duck, or goose, you need to be a reliable shooter if you want to have consistent success. Sure, modern shotgun technology, including choke advancements, autoloaders, and premium loads, have made shotguns better than ever, but it still takes a skilled hunter to drop a fast-flying bird moving with the wind at 30 yards.
One of the best ways to maintain your shotgun proficiency throughout the year and hit the ground running come opening day is to participate in clay pigeon shooting.
This sport can be enjoyed with larger groups or just you and your buddy, so let’s learn more about clay pigeon shooting and why you should get started this weekend.