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.
Alaska is arguably the best place in the world for a NOMAD to hunt. You can pursue everything from waterfowl to grizzlies and Dall sheep within the state’s borders. The scenery and challenge of the terrain is simply unmatched. But many ignore one of the most intriguing targets lurking out in the rugged Alaskan wilderness: the Kodiak mountain goat. Denizens of some of the most inhospitable terrain in the state, these large goats are worthy and challenging quarry for your next trip. Here’s everything you need to know about Kodiak mountain goat hunting in Alaska.
There’s nothing wrong with hunting rabbits, squirrels and other small game. But few hunters drift off to sleep at night dreaming of these critters. It’s big game that quickens the pulse and inspires the imagination. And you can’t talk about big game without mentioning moose. Standing nearly 7 feet high at the shoulder and weighing as much as 1,500 pounds, moose are one of the largest animals pursued by hunters anywhere. And moose hunting in Alaska adds all of the challenges that make for a dream trip. To give you the edge, here are some essential moose hunting Alaska tips and gear.
Although it can take a lifetime to master, bowhunting can be extremely rewarding. You’ll be surprised how quickly the bow will begin to feel like an extension of your body. Even if you use the most sophisticated compound bow available, you’ll still feel a primal connection with the hunters who came before you. After all, NOMADs have been feeding their families with bows for far longer than with high-powered rifles and commercially produced tree stands. Feeling the urge and ready to learn to bow hunt? Use this comprehensive guide to bowhunting for beginners.