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Tips for a Safe and Successful Hunt

Dec 14

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12/14/2012 2:35 PM  RssIcon

Nothing can discourage a new hunter, or a seasoned sportsman, quicker than a miserable hunt. Unexpected weather, poor planning and lack of equipment can all lead to a hunt that, well, didn’t seem worth leaving the truck for.

We’ve compiled some tips that may not ensure harvesting yourdream buck, but will make sure you arrive home safe, warm and in one piece.

Here goes.

  • Always bring rain gear. Nothing guarantees a surprise gully washer like forgetting the things that keep you dry.
  • Purchase your license well in advance.
  • Review and follow safety procedures to avoid hurting yourself, a friend or a non-hunter. Also review regulations if you aren’t sure of the laws. Even if you think you are sure, it never hurts to review them again.
  • Bring more drinking water than you think you need. Bring snacks, too.
  • Remember that it always gets colder as the sun goes down – and mornings in the North Carolina woods can be awfully chilly, regardless of the day’s high temperature. Dress in layers for warmth.
  • Never wear a pair of unbroken-in boots for the first time on a hunt.
  • Be familiar with your gun, and practice shooting positions before you go.
  • If hunting with buddies, be sure you all know the location of your meeting points.
  • Put your cell phone on silent or vibrate.
  • If hunting with more than one gun, keep ammo separate and be sure to use the correct ammo in the correct gun.
  • Refer to our Hunter’s Equipment Checklist to make sure you have what you need.
  • If you are hunting in a different state, make sure you know that state’s regulations. Remember, there are importation regulations for deer from states that are CWD positive. 
  • Pack a first-aid kit, and basic emergency supplies, such as fire starter and a blanket. Have a plan for emergencies.
  • Be sure to leave a hunting trip plan with someone you trust, and check in from time to time.
  • Don’t get so excited about firing that you forget to check what is behind your target.
  • If hunting on private property, secure written permission from the landowner.
  • Have a plan for getting your harvest out of the woods before you make the shot. If you are hunting downhill from your car, be certain you can move your harvest up the hill.
  • Pack a camera and batteries, and send pictures to photos@ncwildlife.org.      


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