Whether you are a seasoned hunter or have been introduced to the art of survival recently by a trusted friend, one thing is certain – it is impossible to get out of it once you get the hang of it. From planning your hunting adventure to emerging victorious with a fallen soldier of nature to show for it; the experience is exhilarating in its own way.
Irrespective of whether you’ve bagged the hunted yet or not, here are five ideas to make the most of your hunting adventures.
1. Stock Up Your Tech
Seasoned professionals know there are quite a few gadgets you need to carry to hunt some of the rarest, quickest species. And while you’re at it, you cannot really be sure how long it will take. For all you know, you could be there for a week. Coincidentally, most of the gadgets you need will not survive as long. So it’s always better to have a battery backup that will outlive your trip duration.
Add in the possibility of robust, all-weather, multi-purpose, solar-powered energy source and you have yourself the perfect winner! Yes, it’s possible. A short research on Amazon and the likes will introduce you to limitless possibilities associated with hunting.
Another pressing concern for hunters is access to clean, drinking water. We all know how cumbersome it can be to carry water. And when you’re planning to stay at the hunting site for more than one day, it complicates the equation further. This is where you’d love the instant self-cleaning bottles or straws that can solve 90% of the problem. Of course, you’ll still need to find a water source in the wild, much like your prey. So in a way, it takes you closer to your goals.
A GPS system, motion sensors, night vision goggles, a techie durable knife and saw, and other similar hunting supplies are a given. Don’t get lost trying to find the beast. Stock up on the latest tech to keep unpleasant surprises at bay.
2. Find a Good Place for Rest
You’ll need a place to rest and regain your energy when you’re not hunting. So don’t forget to pack your favorite outdoor camping essentials. Hammocks allow you to lounge and relax during the daytime when there’s nothing better to do. Or if you’d like to get a good night’s rest during the day, an outfitter tent makes a better shelter. Make sure you factor in the number of people, the weather, your equipment, and the anticipated length of your stay when picking a tent. Out in the wild, you won’t find your favorite departmental store selling comforters! The more prepared you are, the better.
3. Eat & Sleep Well
You have your sleep and prey sorted out (hopefully). Another important thing to consider on your trip revolves around your food choices. Let’s suppose you can’t hunt anything on your first and/or second day. You still need some kind of food to survive. In fact, according to some statistics, hunters can burn anywhere between 6000 and 11,000 calories on the hunt.
Ideally, as recommended by seasoned hunters, your food choices shouldn’t include easily perishable elements. You need something that won’t go bad. Apart from canned food, make sure you include a sufficient number of energy bars. It just makes more sense to have instant energy boosters in the palm of your hand in case you need them.
Hunting is primarily a game of patience. You need to be patient in finding your prey. You have to stay patient while laying out your plan of attack. You have to be free from distractions to decipher animal movement in your vicinity. Hunters stay alert and active even if they’re not moving around. There’s a lot of strategy and skill involved in executing a successful hunt.
So if you can’t stay still for more than a minute or and crave social presence, hunting possibly isn’t something you should do unless you’ve practiced meditation and been successful at it. Even when you’re out there, this is the only thing you can do without compromising your chances of securing spoils of war.
Take a minute to relax and let go of all the negativity holding you back. In your relaxed state, you’ll be able to hunt better for all the clarity it brings.
5. Set Your Weapons Straight
If you’re a seasoned hunter, you probably already know your weapons very well and have them cleaned and prepared for combat. However, if you’re starting off new, this might be the right time to familiarize yourself with your weapons and try some test shots to understand their limitations.
Like pretty much everything else, your weapons need a thorough cleaning too. There are some technicalities you can’t learn from the written word. Sometimes, you have to be in the middle of distress to understand how things really work. If you have something new in your belt, make sure you’re accustomed to it before you’re actually required to use it.
Even the most seasoned passionate individuals would buy and test new equipment every once in a while just for the sake of a challenge. Get a look and feel for it beforehand. You don’t want to look unprepared in the eyes of the hunted.
Hunting is a whole new experience. From building your strategy to executing it skillfully and then bagging your prize; there’s a reason why someone who has tasted this will always be back for more. If you want to understand the difference a second can make in your life, this is where you’ll learn the lesson in practice.
Every hunter has their own secret, their own way to pack smart and survive in the wild. Unless you’re training with someone, it’ll take some trial and error to figure out what can be done. Some people can stick it out for weeks while others may not be able to survive for more than a few days. The key is to have a good time while you’re out there irrespective of the outcome.