Cooler weather is just around the corner, which means deer camps and early morning hunts aren’t far off either. In recent years Carhartt hunting gear has become a popular choice for brand loyalists because it offers the same ruggedness and durability they’ve come to expect from Carhartt’s workwear. But as any seasoned hunter will tell you, getting the right gear is just a small part of preparing for a big hunt. From scouting out your hunting spot to breaking in your weapon of choice to actually purchasing your hunting license and knowing your state’s regulations, there are plenty of things you can do right now to prepare for the season.
Scout your hunting area. Know the area you’re hunting and learn popular escape routes. Even if you’ve hunted in the same location for a number of years, make sure nothing’s changed around your spot. If you don’t hunt on your land, be sure no other hunters have set up stands in your area. If you do hunt your own land, talk with neighboring landowners about where they’ll be hunting or if any other new hunters will be on their property. Talking to nearby hunters will help keep everyone safe once the season starts.
Plant food plots. This can be a time-consuming activity, but you will reap the benefits in the winter. Don’t forget to research the right foods to plant for your area and the game you’re hunting.
Practice. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro, there’s no replacement for practice when it comes to firing your weapon. Set up or visit a shooting range to make sure your gun or bow is properly sighted in at various distances. And don’t forget to practice shooting in the gear you’ll wear on the day of the big hunt. Whatever you can do to make it feel like the real thing will only improve your chances of a successful hunt.
Pack the essentials. Don’t forget about things like knives, rope, water, and mobile phones. Everybody has their own list of essentials, but there are certainly some things that should go in every hunter’s pack to prepare them for any situation. Make a checklist of those essential items so you don’t forget them when the season rolls around.
Be legal. For whatever game you’re hunting, make sure you know when your season begins and ends and if there are bag limits or other special limitations on your hunt. Every state has different regulations and oftentimes rules change from year to year. It’s also important to get the proper license or permit before you take to the fields. Below you will find helpful links to each state’s hunting seasons and online licensing programs.
Have fun. Most importantly of all, remember to have fun this hunting season. Regardless of your results, spending time outdoors with friends and loved ones is a rewarding experience that will be cherished for years to come.
Hunting Seasons and License Information by State