Monday, May 8, 2017

5 Things You Must Have for Your First Hunting Trip

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When you go hunting for the first time, your nerves are on end and your mind is so excited for the prospects of bringing home dinner. The deer are running wild and you can feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins. But there are some things to consider before you go on your first big hunting trip.

Plotted Destinations & Woods Knowledge

Hunting in South Carolina, or anywhere for that matter, means dealing with more than deer and ducks. You have to know where you are going with plotted destination points and general knowledge of forest survival. Take a few months before your first hunt to discover and explore the lays of the land. Research, read, and look up everything and anything involving hunting and woods travel.

Snacks & Lots of Water

Pack light but bring plenty of necessities. Lots of water is a must-have. Or, instead of toting around extra water bottles, invest in a portable water filtration straw. This allows you to guzzle the good stuff from any stream, river, or pond you might encounter while in the woods. You should also pack lots of healthy, energy-rich snacks, such as beef jerky, dried fruits, and nuts.

A Good Hunting Knife

Yes, you will probably have a gun for the actual hunting parts, but a knife is great for everything else. Bowie knives work wonders in hunting and woodland situations, so invest in a good, sharp one. It can help cut underbrush, as well as assist with protection from predators. Purchase a strap and secure it to your thigh, backpack, or hip for fast, easy removal.

A First Aid Kit for Emergencies

First aid kits are must-haves in any scenario, but they are especially important when hunting or hiking through the woods. You never know when you might slip and cut yourself on steep, jutting rocks. Or worse. Keep your first aid kit stocked with anti-inflammatories, wound ointments, and bandages.

A Back-Up Cellphone, Fully Charged, for Emergencies

Hunters rarely take their phones with them in the woods, but it’s a good idea to have a back-up—just in case. Invest in a prepaid, talk-anywhere cellphone, but make sure it’s fully charged before you head into the wilderness. Pack flares too, for just-in-case purposes.

Hunting can be a rewarding experience, because you are literally living life like your ancestors. However, to be safe, you need to be prepared at all times for unexpected scenarios. Use the above article as a guideline for things you need before you go on your hunting excursion, but also use common sense to keep yourself safe and aware.

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