How to Prepare for a U.S. Hunting Trip

The best hunting trips are the ones that are well planned. You wouldn’t want to arrive and find you forgot something important after all.

19 November 2010
How to Prepare for a U.S. Hunting Trip

Hunting is one of the favorite outdoor activities in the United States. When hunting season comes around, many Americans will go to forests and other natural places to hunt for animals such as deer, moose, elk, caribous, bears, hogs, turkeys, geese, doves, and others. Hunting is not an easy activity; it requires great skills and proper equipment. All hunters should be well-prepared before they set off for their hunting trips.

Decide what type of hunting you will do

First of all, hunters should know what kinds of animals they wish to hunt. Some species of animals are only available in certain places, and they can only be hunted during certain times of the year. Also, every state has its own hunting rules and regulations, and hunters should learn about the rules in the state before they set up to go hunting. They should also make arrangements to obtain proper hunting license. Those who are planning to hunt alone should let their family members or friends know where they will be going and when they are scheduled to return home.

Verify the condition of your equipment

The next thing to do is to make sure that all the hunting weapons are in good working condition. Firearms can misfire if they are not well-maintained, and they can cause serious injuries. Also, hunters have to find a safe way to transport their firearms and hunting weapons. It is recommended that they keep their firearms in a hard case while they are traveling to their destinations. Those who are planning to hunt in groups should make sure that all their hunting companions know the right way to carry and use a gun. Beginner hunters should be given proper instructions on firearms use before they are allowed to go hunting.

Pack carefully

Hunters should know exactly how much clothing, food, and other necessities they need for their hunting trips. They should bring clothes that can cover every part of the body, from the neck to the feet, so that they can prevent insect bites. They need different types of clothes, ranging from long underwear to wind-proof jacket, to remain comfortable during different periods of activity. They may also have to bring fluorescent orange clothes, because some states require hunters to wear such clothes as a safety measure. Those who are planning to walk long distances during their trips must have comfortable boots and additional socks. Uncomfortable footwear can cause blisters, and they can turn a pleasant hunting trip into a frustrating experience. Hunters should also bring a first aid kit, a set of tools for cleaning and repairing their firearms, and a field dressing kit. If they are planning to stay overnight in the outdoors, they need to pack the necessary camping equipment as well.

Check the conditions before you leave

Hunters also have to check the weather before they go hunting. Weather has a significant effect on animal behavior, and knowing what to do under certain weather conditions can mean the difference between a successful and futile hunting trip. It is also a good idea to get a handheld GPS receiver. This device is available in camping and hunting stores, and it can help hunters find their ways through forested areas. Those who wish to stay in vacation rentals that are located close to their hunting destinations should make reservations earlier, especially if they are going hunting during the peak season.

Ensure you have the right coverage

Another important thing that hunters should do before they depart for their hunting destinations is to purchase a travel insurance policy. Since hunting is done in the wilderness and it involves the use of firearms, it can be a dangerous activity. No matter how well-prepared and careful they are, hunters can meet with certain misfortunes during their hunting trips. They may sustain injuries because they are accidentally shot by other hunters or attacked by animals, and they may not be able to get out of the hunting grounds to seek medical treatment. Medical evacuation and treatment can cost a lot of money, and hunters may find themselves in some kind of financial trouble if they have to pay the bills themselves.

Hunters who have travel insurance will get coverage for medical emergencies and emergency evacuation expenses, as well as other benefits. Additionally, they will have access to 24-hour emergency service and other travel assistance services that are provided by their insurance companies. Travel insurance has become very affordable these days, and it usually costs less than one hundred dollars. In return for this small investment, hunters will get total peace of mind throughout their hunting trips.

Damian Tysdal

Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.

Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.