Preparation for Hunting Season

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When the spring foliage starts to sprout, you know it’s almost time for open season. But before you can get out into the wilderness, there are a few things you consider planning out before heading out to hunt. If you own some land or have a buddy that does you should consider setting up a deer blind for more comfortable and effective hunting. Your next step should be to test your gun, scope, and ammunition to make sure all are still in working order. Finally, you should make sure your camouflage is sufficient so you won’t scare away deer when you’re searching for them. This article will go over three must-do preparations you should look into before hunting season.

Build your Blind

Deer blinds can range from a simple plywood platform up in a tree to elaborate tree-house like structures, but they all serve the purpose of making your hunting excursion more efficient and oftentimes, comfortable. The simplest deer blinds are wooden platforms supported by some boards, these can easily be built in an afternoon sometime before deer season.

Find a spot that you know has plenty of forage or a place you know deer frequent and then set your blind up there, you can also entice deer to come into the area by setting up a salt lick. Your blind will let you position yourself up in the tree canopy where it’s harder for deer to spot you, they also can provide you with a better vantage point, so you can see approaching deer more easily and have a better angle to line up your shot. Depending on where you live, hunting season can be a little bit chilly and if you’re not a fan of the cold, consider building a more elaborate deer blind. Try building a little tree-house with Plexiglas windows and closable loopholes to fire from, this will ensure you can stay out all day and not have to worry about any chilly spring winds.  

Maintain your Gun

Before the hunting season comes around, it’s always a good idea to properly clean and maintain your gun. Misfires can happen if your gun is dirty, so be sure to give it solid clean, make sure the parts are all in order and then oil up the parts to make sure your piece will fire properly. If you’re looking for a new gun, consider getting a 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle as they are highly robust but are also very affordable for most people.

After you have your gun situation worked out, next check your scope to see if it’s still in working condition. To test your scope, it’s also a good idea to take it to your local range and fire off a few well-aimed shots to see if it’s still accurate. Damage in the field can cause your scope to become askew meaning your shot won’t end up where you intend it to go, if this is the case it would be a good idea to invest in a new scope. If you are looking for a replacement scope or even if you’re simply looking to up your hunting game, the best 6.5 Creedmoor scope is the Vortex Optics Crossfire II, with a weight of 19.6 Oz and 6 – 18 x magnification the scope is a great addition to any hunter’s arsenal. Finally, make sure your ammunition is up to standard or if you make your own cartridges, make sure you have enough for your excursion.

Revamp you Camouflage

Having the proper camouflage is important because it helps you get as close to the deer as possible so you can make a well-aimed shot. Go to your preferred hunting area before open season and take a picture of the color scheme of the land and then try to get some camouflage that fits well with it. As a note, you should always wear your orange safety vest wherever you are hunting to ensure there are no mishaps with you and your fellow hunters.

Camouflage doesn’t only consist of masking visuals, it also consists of disguising your scent. Be sure not to wear any scents or colognes when hunting as this can give you away, on the other hand, if you want to go full wilderness adventurer consider finding some deer droppings and rub them on your clothing to mask your scent.

When it comes to hunting, you can never be too prepared. First, go scout out a good spot and build your deer blind to maximize your chances of success. The next step is to check your gun, scope, and ammunition so you can be sure everything will go properly when you need to make a shot in the woods. Finally, make sure your camouflage fits well with the environment you plan to go hunting and avoid wearing any scents that will give you away. Hunting can be a great way to pass the time and put food on your family’s plate, but be sure to do it properly, that means being prepared and consider safety above all else.

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