Hunting can be a deeply personal experience that you can enjoy all by yourself, or it can be a time to share with friends, family, and fellow outdoor enthusiasts.
Group hunts are perfect examples of the social aspect of hunting. People gather together with the common goal of getting outside, working together, and hopefully having a strong harvest.
Group hunts are great for learning new hunting techniques, connecting with like-minded individuals, and having a more productive and rewarding hunt.
But let’s face it, group hunts can be frustrating too. Lack of communication, disagreements, and differences in hunting styles can quickly turn a group hunt sour, and can even create dangerous situations where different hunters are not on the same page.
Most hunting groups consist of a large percentage of alpha males, and let’s face it, we don’t always like to follow instructions, especially if we believe we know more than the “leader.”
Get over it.
To have a successful group hunt, you need one person to be the designated leader. This will usually be the person with the most experience or the person who best knows the land you will be hunting. Either way, make sure everyone in the party knows who is going to be making decisions for group movements and individual responsibilities.
What is the protocol for shooting in your group? For example, if you are on a hunt for pheasant of quail, what happens when a bird flies directly in front of a hunter? Does that person get the first shot and others can shoot after a miss, or does everyone within range get a chance at the flying bird? Different hunters learn different standards, so communicate the expected manners for today’s hunt before a single shell is loaded.
The more people in your party, the greater the chance of an accident. It’s just the simple truth. In order to have the safest hunt possible, everyone should be wearing at least some blaze orange, which stands out like a beacon against the earthy tones of the outdoors.
Certain hunts may also have legal requirements for wearing hunter orange, so check your state’s regulations and make sure everyone in your group is dressed appropriately.
If you need blaze orange apparel for your group hunt, visit the online store from NOMAD. You’ll find a large selection of blaze-orange options, including hats, shirts, and jackets.
Depending on the game you are hunting, keeping quiet and talking as little as possible could be very important. While you never want to neglect conversation related to safety, hunting some animals requires a stealthy approach, and everyone in the group should be aware of this.
For example, a loud, talkative party may scare out all the deer before posters are in position, allowing the game to escape. A quiet approach from the entire party would be more effective.
If you are looking for top-quality apparel for your next hunt, let NOMAD help. You can choose from a large selection of layered apparel, all designed to give you maximum potential in the all-too-short hunting season.
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.
Every single state in the nation, with the exception of Alaska, has wild turkey hunting, making the sport easily-accessible to a vast majority of American hunters.
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.