For some reason, hunting gets in your blood. You have the opportunity to put good food on the table for loved ones or just the chance to get out and enjoy nature. Sometimes hunting is helping manage the animal populations, so they do not starve in the winters. Whatever it is, being able to hunt and making the time to do it heightens your senses. Hunting is not something that happens. It would help if you planned, practice, and take care of your equipment. All of this is part of hunting. Sometimes learning from others is a fun part of hunting. Being in the right place at the right time is very important to being a successful hunter. Learning the when, where, and how of hunting can be an awesome adventure. Do not let your failures take away from being out and making memories. Take care of the land and even the animals you hunt. Hunters are the most conservation-minded people out there. Hunters often form groups to help animals, and this is often for animals they will never get to hunt. Hunting is much more than harvesting an animal. It can be an experience that livens the soul. Enjoy the hunting experience as you may make memories and see things you would not have in any other place or time.
Here are the best hunting tips and tactics from a lifetime hunter:
- Just go hunting
- Take the kids on a hunt — Memories are priceless
- Take pictures and collect trophies
- Have a hunt plan
- The hunt goes on if you take good care of the meat
- Have fun sharing the hunt.
- Is a trophy the only reason to hunt
- Use binoculars
- Is your rifle sighted in? Did you practice enough to have confidence?
- Make sure everyone has a good time.
Best tip — Is go hunting —
If you get too busy or stay home, you miss out on the stories. The best of friends are often made while hunting. Sometimes you might not have a tag. Then the best tactic is to tag along and say you can help. You get out in nature and see animals and flora that can lift your soul.
Second best tip. Go with someone you love.
Take the kids. The memories you make are very seldom planned but also very seldom forgotten. Time is a gift, and if you give your time to a kid while hunting, it makes the hunting even better. For many years I had taken my oldest son hunting and did not shoot a lot of bucks. He was finally old enough to have his own tag. He asked me before the hunt if I was going to shoot a deer or not this year. I said maybe. Matters how big. Then he said, dad, I want you to shoot a deer. Will you promise me if we see a deer and I am with you, you will shoot it. I said only after you. He said OK. So we are riding the horses through a many miles quakie patch. Suddenly, some deer came, and I told Mitch to get off his horse and get ready. He did, and the deer ran up to about 50 yards and spotted us and stopped. He aimed and fired. His cap on the muzzleloader went off, but the powder did not. He turned to me and said, Dad, you promised. I yanked the gun from my scabbard and swung my leg over the horn on the horse, and as soon as I landed, I put a cap on. The deer are running through the trees, and they are all bucks. I aim and fire, and with a muzzleloader, you can see nothing. My brother was still on his horse and said, you got him. I said no way. How did I hit a deer running through those quakies that seemed thick to me? And he said I got him. He said you dropped him like a brick. I told My son to put another cap on, and I reloaded. We went walking up, and my brother led the horses. Sure enough, there was a 3×3 deer dead. I had shot it in one ear, and it came out the other. I had aimed for its nose because the muzzleloader’s bullets are not that fast, and I thought he needed to be led. I am sure I could never do that shot again. But how it impressed my son is unreal. My son was small enough we loaded the deer on his horse and threw him on top of the horse as well, so he was king of the mountain on the way back to the truck and trailer.
Take pictures and collect trophies.
Time passes, and details are forgotten. But, looking at pictures brings back the details. It all does not have to be of the harvested animal. It can be of camp and those who you are with. The scenery is often breathtaking on a hunt. The frost or steam from your breath on a cold morning. Pictures by the fire at night can be great memories.
Sometimes I have been hunted really hard to get a trophy. This can be OK sometimes but sometimes just harvesting an animal with your kids is the greatest of memories. Unfortunately, tag soup, at least when they are young, is not as good as memory.
Have a hunt plan
In our hunting group, the hunt really begins as soon as last year’s hunt ends. We have been planning for hunts for many years. The planning can be a major part of the fun as well. We plan the hunts so that we make the most of them. Making sure we have a vacation, and everyone can go. Making sure we get the tags needed to go.
The hunt goes on if you take good care of the meat and share the bounty.
A really good hunting tip and tactic are to take care of the meat. Then you get to enjoy it for a long time after the hunt. Some meat, like mule deer meat, is jerky because it often tastes wild. Elk is as good or better than beef. Buffalo is definitely better than beef. Sharing the bounty with others makes hunting awesome.
Is a trophy the only reason to hunt
Keep even the smallest antlers. When your kids are old, they tell stories of the different games taken. Unfortunately, we have thrown away way too many antlers and even horns from antelope. Wish I had them all today hung on a garage wall. They bring up great memories.
There are a few hunting tips and tactics that have to do with being prepared. When taking the kids, have some treats for them when times are slow. Having a good set of binoculars or spotting scopes makes hunts more fun. You get to see more games. Watch the birds sometimes. Seeing a squirrel bury nuts up close and personal or watching him eat his lunch can be fascinating. Oh yeah, and binoculars help you know if you are shooting a legal game or a trophy.
Take a poncho, so when the weather comes, you do not freeze.
There is an old saying that says white men take 10 steps and 1 look. Indian take ten looks and one step. If you are still hunting, this is really good advice. Keep the wind in your favour. I.e. on your face. Even if you are spotting and stalking, many hunters tire out from the spotting. Look at every place over ten times, and you will be surprised what you see. An example is Sometimes in the snow, it is enough to spot the tracks.
Is your rifle sighted in? Did you practice enough to have confidence?
Make sure you know your weapon and can shoot it safely and accurately. Nothing more frustrating on a hunt than missing a big trophy because your gun was not sighted in. Or if you did not shoot your bow in enough different kinds of circumstances so when the deer or elk was right below you that you missed him.
Simply put, the best hunting tip is to make sure everyone has a good time. Tactics may be different depending on where and how you hunt. But the tactic of taking care of your harvest is always a win. For the last tip, do not take yourself too seriously. Life is too short not to have a good laugh at yourself on a hunt or two. Hoping your hunts are fun, safe, memorable and successful.