If you’re new to hunting you are probably full of questions. We are here to help! Follow our guide to get started, confidently. Online Ammunition Store
The best way to get many of your hunting questions (in particular safety questions) answered is to take a beginners hunting course. Many states require a hunting course be taken before they will issue you a hunting license. Typical classes will review safety, firearm maintenance, ethics, techniques, basic shooting skills, and state regulations. Online Ammunition Store
All states require you to get a hunting license and they can be purchased at your state wildlife agency. This will also be your go to resource for state specific hunting regulations, seasons, locations, etc. Since hunting regulations often change it is important to stay updated.
To make your hunting trip a successful one it is important to match your gear to your game – this will also save you money in the long run. Prior to purchasing gear make sure you answer these following questions:
- Where and when will you be hunting?
- What will you be hunting?
Beginner hunters should focus on starting small, this pertains to both gear and game. This will allow you to learn how to use your weapon, what gear you’ll need, as well as, practice skinning and preparing small game. Mastering this will make the transition to larger animals easier. Start with basic necessities, figure out what works for you and build your arsenal from there. Online Ammunition Store
Choose Your Weapon
Luckily for you, the market these days for inexpensive, durable, accurate, bolt-action rifles is plentiful. As a new hunter choosing a cheaper weapon makes more sense since you won’t gain a whole lot more buying an expensive rifle. An inexpensive, bolt-action, plastic stocked rifle will be 99% as effective. Wood stocks look great but they are more expensive and easily damaged. And, make sure to buy plenty of ammunition
To conceal yourself from your game wear camouflage. Make sure to match your camo pattern to your hunting location. There are two primary types of camo: cold weather and regular, lightweight camo. Start with a camo hat, shirt, and pants. Online Ammunition Store
Check with you state wildlife agency as states have different regulations about whether or not it is required to wear hunter orange. Hunter orange is a bright, glowing color that will allow other hunters in your area to easily spot you.
Your boots will be a key factor in whether or not you have a good or bad day hunting. Hunting requires trekking through a variety of conditions so a quality set is important. They should be light, reach above your ankles, and have a waterproof lug sole. To ensure a perfect fit wear your hunting socks when trying them on.
We recommend that you also purchase a good hunting knife, light rope, and binoculars. Buy a good size, durable, and sharp knife for cleaning your game. It should be a 4” fixed blade sheaf knife, one that can take a beating and won't slip from your grip. For sharpening use a good sharpening or honing stone.
There are endless uses for some lightweight, strong hunting rope.
It can be used in emergencies, tie or drag your game, and to tie up or lift gear into a tree stand. Try carrying a 10mm, 20-30 foot long climbing rope and learn a few basic knots and how to use them. Finally, a good set of binoculars will help you spot and watch your game, and scan scenery